It reminded me of a post I wrote back in 2004 about growing up and seeing cranes across the city skyline.
When I saw huge cranes constructing huge buildings I used to think how untidy they made the city look. I used to look forward to the day when the city would be finished so that the cranes would be gone. I wanted my beautiful city to look neat and complete.
As I grew older I realised that there would always be cranes. Old buildings pass their usefulness and are replaced by new buildings. The population grows and new facilities are needed. It’s all a necessary part of progress.
I think a lot of us feel the same way about the struggles in our lives. We look ahead to the time when all the cranes will be gone, when the construction will be finished and we can enjoy a ‘neat’ existence. It’s not going to happen this side of eternity.
In every area of our lives we need to realise that the struggles and disappointments will always be there – they’re part of our progress. If we ‘put our lives on hold’ until the struggles are sorted, we’ll never learn to live.
Living is all about what we do with those setbacks, how we cope with them, and more importantly, who we turn to to help us through.
Of course there is coming a time when the cranes will be taken away and the construction will be over. For those of us who follow Jesus and take his promises seriously, a time is coming when the building will be all done and we’ll have an eternity to enjoy paradise. I’m looking forward to resting from all the building.