It has been pretty noisy this week here in the office.  Some of the workers were tearing out the kitchen, others were sawing the sidewalk, and others were breaking the pieces of sidewalk apart and throwing them in a dumpster.  Still others were sawing some bricks out of the wall, etc., etc.

During this whole process I have been reminding myself that Ecclesiastes 7:8 says: “The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning, patience of spirit is better than a proud spirit.”  For us, it means things are not going to always be loud, and messy.  I do my best to visualize what it will look like when it is finished.  Actually it won’t look much different (except no cracks).  I can do this with my Spitfire – I know exactly what it will look like when (If) I ever finish the darn thing.  I am having some difficulty doing this with the building right now – with all the noise.

I take great comfort in the fact that God does not have the same problem and I am not talking about my car, or this building.  I am talking about us.  He sees us as a finished product – thanks to what Jesus has accomplished through His work on the cross.  God sees us in our completed state, as we will be when we go to be with Him on the other side of eternity.  He sees and He loves it.

I have been thinking about putting up some sort of sign while the construction goes on:  “This building is under construction – and so are the people who attend here.”