Two years ago my husband and I moved from the Central Coast of California to a rural small town in Eastern Oregon, where we have undertaken a huge project which entails building our own homestead.
At retirement age, the limitations are daunting. Thankfully, Dave is pretty fit and self-motivated, so he is usually up to the tasks. I, on the other hand, am not fit and have some minor health issues and serious back injuries I suffer with on a daily basis.
When I reflect on my lack of physical ability, I remember being the little girl who preferred staying inside playing with dolls, crafting something or burying my nose in a book. There were a few exceptions when a pool was available.
There were also a few times in life where I worked very hard to get in better shape and had some great successes, but I have never been able to sustain it. So my physical capacity is quite limited. Facing a new adventure that requires me to be much more physical has been a huge challenge.
In the process, Dave has had to learn what I’m capable of doing to help him and where it’s nearly impossible for me to lend assistance. When we began building an in-ground pump house for all the necessary equipment for our well, which has to be below the four-foot frost line our area has during the winter, the challenges became apparent.
He and a relative dug a four by six-foot pit five feet deep. Dave then built four, eight-foot-high wall panels to be assembled after being lowered into the pit.
Needless to say, I could barely lift one corner of any of the panels. I was in tears one day realizing that I couldn’t possibly help him get those walls into the pit. He told me I would have to help him anyway.
After a day of thinking things through, my very practical husband thought of a plan! He would use a rope and pulley system hooked to his work truck and we would lower the walls into the hole that way.
I was still quite apprehensive even after he showed me how it worked. He talked about the principle of each pulley being a force multiplier and promised me that if I would trust him, we could get the job done.
I was still nervous when he explained the process and even more so when we began to lower those heavy walls into the pit. I just couldn’t get my mind around it all. I needed a new way of thinking.
All I knew was that I couldn’t hold those huge walls if they started to fall and I voiced my concern to Dave. He gave me a pair of gloves to protect my hands and told me not to worry but just to stand with the ropes in my hands while he guided them into the hole.
Once we started slowly lowering each one at a time, I was amazed at how easy it was! The force multipliers he had set up worked to eliminate the weight I had to control. There was no yanking or jolting and each wall slid into place with ease.
I’m very happy to say that the task was completed and I was able to help him without pain or injury by just holding the ropes!
This simple illustration suddenly flashed as a revelation when I shared the story with one of my dearest Christian friends. She helped me to see some truths I had missed because of the immensity of the task.
The Bride of Christ on earth is in the process of preparing the foundation for the kingdom of God which Jesus will rule from when He returns to Earth. I’m not talking about the actual mechanics of the kingdom, I’m talking about the foundation in our hearts and the hearts of those we minister to on this planet.
We are in a training time where God uses the trials and tribulations of this world to conform us to the image of Christ. That foundation and infrastructure within us is critical if we are to be built up into the House of God that we are meant to be.
In the same way, Dave and I are building the infrastructure of our new home. His care and concern for me and his understanding of my shortcomings and limitations is very much like our Bridegroom, Jesus.
Jesus knows we can’t do what needs to be done, but still desires for us to participate in the work with Him. He is aware of principles we may never understand until the other side of heaven.
In order to have His Bride learn and grow for the ruling and reigning she will be required to do with Him, He has to devise ways for us to help Him despite our inabilities.
This simple example of love was made so clear to me through the physical experience of helping Dave with our project.
Today, I believe the Lord wants us to recognize the truth that He knows we can’t possibly do what He wants us to, but He will always make a way for us to continue to partner with Him.
Like Dave said, he just wanted me to trust him. He already knew the outcome because of his prior knowledge of physics I didn’t fully grasp. I had to be willing to stand firm and not doubt. The Lord asks us to trust Him when we can’t even imagine how things will work out. He empowers us with the “Force Multiplier,” the Holy Spirit, to make up for our lack.
This experience really showed me how love makes a way for us, even when there seems to be no way. Dave had wanted me to help him because it’s our project together. He probably could have accomplished the task himself, given enough time and thought, but we’re in this together.
Jesus has decided to have His beloved Bride remain on earth so we can participate with Him as He prepares His Church with a kingdom mindset. It takes trust, faith and the assurance that our Beloved knows what we can and can’t accomplish. We must see that He has made the way before us. Our job is to just stand there, in faith, even if it means we are just holding the ropes.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.”
Always in Jesus,
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