A few weeks ago I saw several men standing by the road near my office. They were looking intently into the woods across the street. Over the next several days I began to see pickup trucks and bulldozers. A clearing was carved out of the thick trees, the curb was broken and gravel laid. Since then, the small opening has been greatly expanded. Several specialized machines have been cutting up and stacking logs. You can begin to visualize a new office building getting its start. Probably in about one year the new building will be complete, with parking spaces, lighting and new tenants. But right now, men are sweating and working hard in 90 degree humidity to get the project started. It occurred to me that we don't think much about all the work that was done to make a building, once it is complete. We just use that building, or pass by with barely a notice. The same can be true in our own lives. The Lord has done a great deal of work to break new ground, cut down and remove unneeded lumber and smooth out the rough places in our makeup as He builds us for service. I think it is good to look back and reflect on how the hand of God has fashioned us. He's done a lot of heavy lifting but as we occupy the premises we can be grateful for His promises to complete what He's started!
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.