There is a house a few doors down from us that was in horrible shape. The city had condemned it and left two bright colored papers posted on the door telling people to keep out. You could literally see right through the walls and into the house. The roof was caving and the house was barely standing. In the last few weeks, I have watched as a work crew literally tore down the house until the only thing left standing was the corner posts on a concrete slab. Each day as I run past, I am seeing them slowly rebuild the walls and the windows. It is starting to look like a house again instead a slab with posts.
I wonder if God has ever done that to you like He has to me. There was a time when God totally gutted me till all that was left standing was a post. Over a few years, God removed things that I held dear to me:
Innocence of childhood
Independence (I had a baby at 19)
Security (Our son died at 2 years old)
And then God started rebuilding my walls. God took away almost everything but Him. God allowed situations to come into my life to remove everthing but Him, the chief cornerstone. God wanted to be the post that I build my life around. And just like the house down the street, He started building back my walls with Him as the foundation. He taught me and showed me that the walls aound me could come tumbling down and I could still stand back up with Him as my base.
Somedays, He is building up my walls and other days, He is tearing them down because I built them up with other things as my security and not Him. He loves me enough to keep tearing down and building back up till I have built my house on nothing less but Him.
Ephesians 2:19-21 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”