Build An Ark: A Building for His Pleasure
A Building for His Pleasure
Not long ago, I was asked to evaluate the feasibility of converting an old
railroad station into an office building. Before I drove all the way over
to New Hampshire to see it, I studied some of the history behind the building.
It was built during the turn of the century when railroads were the most
popular and economical way of travel. From the articles I read, it was evident
that the architect of this particular building had obviously spent a great
deal of time and care thinking about how this station would serve the people
that moved through it. The spaces were large, open and grand, with high
ceilings and lots of natural light and ventilation. There were carefully
detailed hardwood wainscots and moldings that adorned the inside to make
the rooms attractive and inviting. To be a part of the restoration of such
a wonderful building was a treasured opportunity for me.
What a shock it was to actually see what had become of this building over
the last 80 years! Neglect and thoughtless renovations had converted this
once beautiful little gem into a run down, ramshackle dump! The large open
spaces had been carved up into tiny rooms. The huge open windows had been
covered over with plywood. The high and lofty ceilings had been covered
with a low, dropped ceiling. The rich detail of the wood trim had been covered
with plaster and lath. Instead of finding the building that was conceived
through the care and thoughtfulness of the architect, I found a structure
that had been completely changed through years of quick renovations of convenience
designed for short term gain with no consideration of the long term consequences.
Boy was I disappointed. The idea of restoration was lost forever. All we
had left was the possibility of more renovation to cover up the mess.
I have thought of my life like that from time to time. When God uttered
the creative word that spoke me into being in my mothers womb, it
was an act of love and care. His plans for me and my future were filled
with His lovingkindness and purpose. However, as I grew, convenience and
selfishness overcame my desire to know the One who had created me. Instead
of having my mind open and dwelling on heavenly things, it was covered over
by the ceiling of my own understanding. Instead of my heart being an open,
inviting room fit for His habitation, it became a rabbit-warren of compartments
built by my dis- appointments. Instead of my eyes reflecting the glory of
the Lord, they were covered over by fear and insecurity. In short, all of
the beauty that God had intended for my life was covered up by the years
of replacing His ways for my ways. The years of neglect and thoughtless
renovations had converted this once beautiful gem into a run down ramshackle
Enter the King of Kings!
When Jesus came into my life, I was transformed into a new creature. From
that point on, His care and mercy have been removing the renovated ideas,
concepts, thoughts and misguided notions and replacing them with the beauty
of His holiness-the very thing He had intended for me all along! Away with
the ceiling of my understanding! Away with the disappointments of trusting
in my self! He is restoring me to the vision He had for me when He called
me into existence!
The Lord does not renovate, that is, cover over the old with something new.
But He restores us into His image. No matter how tarnished, no matter how
many walls we have built in our hearts, no matter how overwhelming our facades
may seem, He can restore us into the very place He longs to live!
Do you not know that you are a temple (building)
of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians
What an incredible building that must be!!