Encouraging Messages of Hope and Inspiration
by Artist/Writer Suzanne Davis Harden
Friday, June 22, 2012
A HOUSE IN PROGRESS
Across the street from us sits a
house that is someone’s remodeling project. Our neighbor bought it a few years ago
with the intention of fixing it up while
living in it.
I imagine that someday it will be his “Dream House.”
For now though,
it is anything but a dream! The whole neighborhood gasped when he gutted the
He’s done this because he wants to re-make
exactly the way he envisions his dream home.
The original house was only a simple
but I imagine what he has in mind for the new house
must be amazing. The only thing is, he is the only person in the neighborhood who can see this glorious
For now, all we can see is a gutted old house.
A house that he is
working on ever so slowly, I might add.
We are all wondering when he will ever
The things he has added to the house are
A designer window here, a beautiful French door there. Lately
he has enclosed the carport to create an entire new room.
I must admit, it is finally beginning
to take shape.
I am beginning to
see a parallel between that house, myself and the God who lives inside me
working on making me the dream he envisions for me. I am God’s temple.
Sometimes I feel a bit gutted like that house across the street, yet the Lord
is living inside me like my neighbor lives inside the house he’s remodeling.
My Savior is remodeling me from the
inside out as He sanctifies me by washing me in the water of His holy word. Christ helps
me to read and obey His word, to understand and apply it as His Holy Spirit
teaches me through prayer and meditation, life experiences, nature, and through
Every day is a new opportunity to walk with the One who is molding me to become a cathedral of praise to the Almighty
Savior who died for my sins and rose again from the dead, who ever lives to
pray and intercede on behalf of all who love and worship Him.
Only Christ can see the wonderful
cathedral He envisions that I will become someday. I just see the raw material He is
working with; the person who is not perfect, who loves God very much but who
fails Him so often. The person who must come running back to her
Savior time and again to ask for mercy and forgiveness.
But I know
God is working on me, building me up, bit by bit, frame by frame, from the
It only seems like He
is taking forever to make the necessary changes in my life that need to take
place for me to become like Christ.
God’s word promises that “He who began a good work in you will
complete it until the day of Christ.”Philippians 1:9
God never tires of working on me for He envisions a masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10) His measureless love never quits:
“The Lord will fulfill
His purpose for me. Lord, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your
It may seem like the job will never
get finished and I will always remain in a state of disrepair. “…keep a firm grip on the faith. The
suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has
great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!-will have you
put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, He does.”(1 Peter 5:9-11 The Message Bible)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for being our Master Builder.
not grow weary and impatient while you transform us into the amazing cathedrals
of praise for your glory and honor that you created us to be. Thank You for the
awesome wonder of Your Holy Spirit living within us! May we know You will never
leave or forsake us. In Jesus’ name.