Two weeks ago, my husband and I went about the task of rebuilding our steps which come into the side of our house. It was a long, overdue project and we were ready to tackle it. However, after measuring, cutting the wood, pre-drilling, and screwing it all together, something wasn’t right. How could our measurements be off? We measured, re-measured, and measured a third time. Why weren’t the new steps lining up where the old ones were? A couple of days later, my husband realized the error we made and broke the news to me that we would have to take it apart and start over. Needless to say, I wasn’t a happy camper at first but knew it was the right thing to do. Last weekend, early Saturday morning, I set up all the equipment (again) and we got to work. After taking it all apart, we also decided to add more support which meant another trip to the local home improvement store, not once, but twice. We will finally be finished with this ‘quick, weekend project’ this weekend (3 weeks total). As I sat in front of my computer to write this blog post, I realized how God works in the same way. He builds us only to take us apart and put us back together stronger?
There are so many examples of this in the Bible (eg., Moses, David, Paul, Peter) Isn’t that what God was doing during the three days when Jesus lay in the tomb? The apostles were probably scared for their own lives, questioned if Jesus was really the Messiah, and grief-stricken over Jesus’ death. Even though Jesus told them of everything that was to come (Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 8:31-33; Luke 9:22), they still mourned. But then, on the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead and made anew (Luke 24:1-12).
I think about the person I was 30 years ago, 15 years ago, and even one year ago and I rejoice in the fact that God has taken me apart and rebuilt me over and over and over again. Each time, I am stronger than I was before. Every time, I think I had been left behind, broken, or just left in pieces, God slowly puts me back together with more faith, wisdom, strength, and love. Were there times when I think He has left me in pieces much longer than I wanted? Absolutely. Were there times when I do not want Him to put me back together? Absolutely. Will each time I am broken cause pain? Absolutely. But, just like us taking apart and rebuilding our steps better and stronger, God’s love and mercy will always rebuild me, give me extra support, and make me stronger every…single… time.