Alexandra the Great's Private Papers

August 31, 2007

Building a Freeway

Filed under: God's Help — Alexandra The Great @ 2:33 pm

I recently made a 4AM drive to deliver my husband at the local airport.  We joked and complained along the way about a several mile stretch of freeway that is under construction and has been for quite some time now.  We wondered just what, apart from cement barriers, qualified this area as a construction zone if construction never, or seldom (to be generous), happens there.  We did happen see two workers along this stretch, but we didn’t actually see them doing anything.  We assumed they were construction workers by the evidence of their hard hats, but they weren’t working, and they certainly weren’t constructing.  We imagined that they were the only two who showed up for work every day, and overwhelmed by the prospect of building a freeway lane on their own, sat in their truck bewildered until lunch break, only to call it a day when their lunchboxes were empty.  We imagined also that these two were the only state highway employees who missed the memo that all Caltrans workers were excused from duty for a paid summer holiday.

I suppose it is characteristic of man’s sinful nature that the failures of others can loom large in our minds while our own shortcomings are easily dismissed.  Musing over the freeway frustration later, I recognized in myself the symptoms of hypocrisy.  I found it very easy to criticize the failings of the state (all too easy to recognize and they really do need to finish the thing), while being forgetful of my own failings.  How many New Year’s resolutions have survived beyond the new year? How many books were never finished?  And my biggest question, Why can’t I finish wallpapering the bathroom?! 

The good news for those of us who in ourselves sometimes have difficulty in seeing a thing through, is that with God there is hope.  We don’t have to build freeways on our own.  We may be limited, but he is limitless and his word tells us that he is able to fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power (2 Thessalonians 1:12). God can help even with the ordinary things such as wallpapering bathrooms, building ponds, and reading books if we include him in the project.  Now to find my resolve….  I suppose I’m going to need his help with that one too.

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