I believe that God needs to do a lot of maintenance work and little items of restoration within our lives to keep us ticking over productively in his presence. Being mostly devoted to comfort, we would prefer God maybe to change a worn carpet here, or provide a new oven there, or do a little painting and decorating while we are out during the day. The minimum of disruption is likely to be our desire. That way, the restoration can happen continuously. Our lives are not too disrupted and all is well.Sometimes though, God comes along to announce that dry rot has been found in the floor boards and more major disturbance is required. It is essential for the dry rot to be treated before it infects the whole house. The work begins, it takes a while, some floor boards are removed, there is a lot of dust and noise – but the job gets done; it needs to be done – and adds so much deep cleansing to the soul by getting done.
On a different level completely is when the house needs a complete reconstruction. This is the most difficult proposition, for the house essentially needs to close during this period, so that the full works can happen with the foundations and damp proof course. It is at this point that God says to us, “this is what your life needs. I am in charge of the operation. Can you trust me to do the very best through the reconstruction? It will take time, it will be disruptive, it may even be painful and full of suffering, but I am always acting in your best interests.”
“All things work together for those who know and love the Lord”. And when the reconstruction is complete, you will be able to turn round and say those words from Ephesians: “unto Him who is able to do exceedingly beyond anything we can ask or imagine” (Ephes. 3: 20).And you may be wondering about the purpose of all this restoration and reconstruction. He simply wants each one of us to become more and more like Jesus. (I have a long way to go!)