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Friday, February 11, 2011

...After That, Build Your House

"Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house" (Proverbs 24:27).

One of my children's favorite books is a Winnie the Pooh story about Pooh planting a pumpkin seed and immediately wanting to see the pumpkin. Rather, he waited and waited...and waited. He really wanted to see that pumpkin, but instead, he saw a vine, then a flower, then a small green "ball." That ball grew and grew, until finally, sometime later, it became that pumpkin. For Pooh, it was well worth the wait!

The "problem" with building things is very similar to Pooh's dilemma with the pumpkin. We want it done now. We want the product without the process. We like to see the results, but don't necessarily like to do all that's required before solid, visual results are possible.

Before building, you have to clear away - you have to do the outside work. And, you have to prepare the land for expansion. You build to accommodate the growth you're believing for. And THEN, build the house.

Perhaps you and I are not so different. I like to see immediate results. I want to do something now and see the exponential evidence now. I like drive-thrus, microwavable popcorn, and instant hot water! I'm beginning to better understand that God wants to bless us and multiply that blessing in our lives. But, if we haven't prepared for that, then why would He grant an increase that may prove to be more of a hindrance to His Kingdom than a help?

So, maybe we need to do some "outside work" in our lives; prepare for the big picture; allow God to help us to clear away the obstacles that are standing in the way of all God wants to do. And then...BUILD!

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