Every time I pull out of my neighborhood I am confronted with major road work. The mess has been tremendous, only sometimes I see improvement. It’s interesting to watch as they straighten out a particularly sharp and dangerous curve. Just when I think they’re close to finishing, another huge pile of dirt is created. Over the last few weeks piles come and gone. For a while now, I’ve wondered if they really know what they’re doing.
It reminds me of a CD a youth leader gave me about teens being in a “reconstruction” phase of life. What looks like total chaos and a mess of habits is their way of reevaluating and rebuilding on their own foundation. It may look like everything is being thrown out; complete destruction, but Parents should not despair. This is a good thing, each child needs to make faith their very own.
My, my, what prophetic words. I have seen this same reconstructive phase show up in our house with 2 of our teens already. The talk however, left out what a painful experience this can be. All my words of wisdom and efforts being weighed… some tossed aside? Why can’t these kids just trust what we’ve taught them?
Like the road with a dangerous curve, I see little progress being made. Mercy, will this ever be made into something beautiful? I wonder, but Paul said:
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you WILL continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (Philippians 1:6 AMP)
How I pray that You are working, Lord, within the chaos. That somehow You will use all this mess for good. I know You never quit a project, so I’m trusting because I’ve seen You do miraculous work in my own life!
ForGlorySake! – Anna