The captives of Israel in Babylon did not really “get it” at first when the Lord told them it was time to go rebuild the temple. They had built up new lives for themselves and their families. But God sent a message to them through the prophet Haggai that sparked obedience in the governor of Judea, the high priest, and the people. So they began to rebuild the temple, with the Lord’s blessing.
God greatly encouraged them,
Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 5 My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’
Today is a day where I could lift those words off the pages of the Bible and right into my life. His Spirit WAS with me, as evidenced by the fact that I am now resting in bed with the laptop and not babbling like an idiot in the corner from extreme stress. I received a call early this morning that the church building where my Classical Conversations meets had developed some kind of structural issue and that we were not to use the upstairs. My fellow director and I took a drive over to ascertain whether or not we thought the downstairs would be okay to use…and found to our dismay that the ceiling in the fellowship hall was sagging. Regardless of whether it was actually safe or not, we decided we had to find a new place to hold classes in TWO days.
It’s been a whirlwind of contacting churches and parents. We may have a facility that we can use starting next week, but for this week we were going to have to meet in a park…until one of our moms received permission from her church for us to use their facility this week only. Phew!
I would say without a doubt that today I did indeed “get to work!” And God WAS with me! A chance conversation with a friend led me to call a church that just happened to finish a grand opening of its upstairs classrooms yesterday…this church’s desire is for their building to be used by the community. So. We may have a new home, if need be. I don’t believe today’s conversation was by chance, nor do I believe it was by chance that the pastor was available to speak to me, or was it chance that the trustee in charge of the use of the facility happened to be there…God knew way before I did that this would happen. I can’t help but lift my weary arms and praise Him for all that He is doing to keep our CC community…and its director…going strong.
You know another amazing thing? I felt lousy when I woke up this morning. My entire torso hurt. Even the brush of air from the ceiling fan on the skin on my arms caused pain…my clothes caused pain…yet when all this started happening, somehow I was able to push it to the back of my brain. Yes, I still hurt today. But the Lord must have disconnected those pain jumper cables from my consciousness because I stopped noticing it. Now that I am resting I can feel the tension of the day in my muscles, and I am so grateful to be able to write these words as an encouragement to whatever you may be facing:
Now Be Strong… and Get to Work! :o)