REstoration through REcreation
By Jessica Jimenez
June 9, 2020
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1 Kings 5:1-6:38
What's your vision? As graduates are transitioning into a new stage of life...we often come to this time of the year with thoughts of the future. What will it look like? What do I want to do? What do I want to be known for? What's my purpose?
Yet we are living in un(fill-in-the-blank... almost all of them fit) times! Our world is in a crucible. Our country is in a crucible. Our communities are in a crucible. We, individually, are in a crucible. Life is beyond uncomfortable, it feels like we are on fire! How is sheltering in place, protests against injustice, rioting & looting, further injustices against swaths of people groups around the globe going to achieve the SHALOM God wants to restore in our world?
Through you. Through me. Through God's church.
God created each of us for a purpose. We have a specific, restorative role to play on this earth. How are you fulfilling it? When done well, it will be as magnificent as the temple Solomon constructed in Jerusalem, bringing others into the worship and praise of God. There's justice, mercy, humility, prosperity, and glory. It’s done at the right time, in the right way, and in the right spirit.
Sometimes, we know what we are supposed to create… but then we don’t rely on God’s wisdom, but our own. We take matters into our own hands. Say or do whatever we think is good and right. Remember Abraham’s debacle with Hagar with the fallout still happening today? How about Moses when he first visited his people… then committed murder and had to live away from everyone for 40 years? Or even the Israelites themselves wandering around the desert for 40 years?
There’s nothing wrong with dreams and goals. There’s nothing wrong with vision. Clearly God supplies those in our hearts. It’s all in how we respond. Are we willing to move, but also allow God to take the lead? Are we willing to endure the heat in the crucible? It's there that God is shaping us into the instrument that will best serve the world. There is a tension, discomfort, and a sense of confusion in that place. But in His time, He will make that vision come to pass. The temple still got built. Abraham still became a father of a nation. Moses still led his people into freedom. The Israelites did reach the Promised Land. The vision God gave you in your heart will come to pass… are we willing to walk in the way God directs?
Created for Him,
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
— Psalm 127:1a
Prayer to start with:Creator God: ELOHIM. The original visionary. I praise you for the dream(s) you placed in my heart. For the ability to create a life that pleases and praises and glorifies you. Lord, may I grow in my closeness with you so that I may walk in your ways… not deviating to the right or left. Grant me your peace and patience when circumstances are harder than I expect, more tangled than I would like, and more complicated than I hoped. I trust you with all of me and the future.