While in a building recently, I noticed in the ceiling a piece of blue tape. It was the type that is used during construction whereby something needs to be addressed before occupancy. During a “walk through” the blue tape is placed as close as possible to the issue, as a flag if you will, to bring attention for repair. While staring at the ceiling at the blue tape, I experienced one of those Godly drive-bys; you know where the Holy Spirit provides a slither of revelation that is powerful, yet without lingering. I heard, “Perhaps the issue has been addressed, or it may not yet have gotten the attention one person assumed was needed, but the important thing is, that it’s still standing.” I tell you, I had a praise party on the spot. I likened it to our faith walk. We too have unresolved issues, and may even feel as though we are left unaddressed like issue aligned with the blue tape, but the faithfulness and marcy of God keeps us strong and standing, issues and all. What a mighty God we serve!!!!
Romans 5:3-5 provides a beautiful blueprint, “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” When we are experiencing difficulty, we often feel like God has forgotten. Simultaneously, it feels as though everyone else’s prayers are being answered and blessings are landing everywhere with the exception of our hemisphere. Our response as opposed to what the scripture suggests is often silence as opposed to clamoring praise. To be sure, the blue tape can’t speak to remind people of its constant condition – but praise be unto God, we certainly can! We must become accustomed and regulated and regimented to cry out to God regarding the cracks that can impact our foundation and infrastructure if left unaddressed. Yet, while we are doing so, we must continue to stand as long as we can and not be in a constant rotation of disappointment by our condition.
Imagine that from the throne, God sees us in the earth realm as likened to a massive structure. From heaven, I envision endless numbers of blue tape, too much to conceive in our human understanding. Some of us have cosmetic issues, others structural, others foundational, each still standing and moving about in the earth. Essentially, the blue tape is associated with the punch list, which is the document that details what needs to be addressed with the construction. Question, what does God’s punch list look like on humanity? Some of us are using our brokenness to encourage others, some of us have not yet rendered or relinquished our abnormalities to the ultimate contractor – and still, God sees us all as having the same potential, different giftings perhaps, but collectively positioned to do good in the earth. Regardless of the pieces of our lives that are in fragments or fully functional, at some point in time, we were (and are) bits of blue tape, loved by the Creator. We are operational despite what we carry, and as long as we hold tight to the manufacturer, we will continue to be marveled by those who encounter us doing Kingdom work – just as I was standing in that building, looking up.
May we be bold enough to allow God to address our “punch list(s).” May we not forfeit the assignments He has crafted for us while we await His repair over our lives. May we continue to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit and share our testimonies of quick lessons learned as in a quick closing, as well as those learned while on the market for well beyond the time predicted. May we look beyond the blue tape of others and seek their heart and the will that God has for their lives. May their blue tape not blind us such to the extent that we dismiss the blue tape that we either carried or are hiding. May we all continue to look up to the author and finisher of our faith…blue tape and all.