Learning how to build a life

It's been a few months now, since those words woke me up to a deeper perspective on life-a deeper perspective on dreaming and doing. "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." (Psalm 127:1) These words are hidden somewhere deep within, and always seem to surface when they know they're needed yet again to remind my wandering heart.

What is it that they're really saying? I've got ideas and dreams with the very best of them, and a heart that just simply wants to do something. Is this some sort of plan to stifle, until I'm found doing nothing of purpose at all?

We've all got schedules that beg for our attention on a regular basis. We've all got things in our lives that just can't seem to let us catch up. We've all got a full out shortage of our time, and the very last thing that any one of us is after is to go and waste it all in some sort of chase that ends with nothing to be grasped. No, that's not one bit of what we're after.

We want to accomplish. We want to arrive. We want to succeed at every little thing that we decide to try.

Yet the words remain, "Unless the Lord builds the house..."

So how? How do we go ahead and let Him build? How do we keep from getting too far ahead? How do we keep ourselves from spending our blessed time-our blessed lives- in vain?

In the early morning quiet these words wash over me, "Whoever comes to me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like  man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock." (Luke 6:47-48)

Maybe the answers are clearer than I would have guessed. "Whoever comes to me." Maybe instead of just jumping right in to the next bit of doing, perhaps I'd better just start with coming. That's what God's after. That's why He doesn't just go ahead and give you the full out plan from the beginning. He wants time with you so that He can get to know you. Then you'll understand that you can know the One who gave His all to make you a part of His eternal family. I don't want to say no to this. I'd never dreamed I could, and yet, how often my ways seem to betray that I would-that I do.

And what about that next part? What did it say? Whoever "hears My sayings." Not only am I to come and be with Him, but I've got to learn to listen. The reasons we sometimes know so little of His plan of grace is often because we give so little time to hear the words of the Author of life. It's never a lack of Him wanting to share, never a case of this great God withholding, but rather a case of our hearts often forgetting to stop our hurried steps and hurried breaths, and simply just hear. If we skip the hearing and get to the doing, we've got a pretty good guarantee that we're going to get it all wrong. 

Then finally, we do. After we've come, after we've listened, after we know His heart a bit better and we recognize His hand of guidance. Then it's time for us to do.

This is the way that our great God builds. Not with you and I sitting there passively, but with you and I enjoying the Father all throughout the process. His method of building a life is one of His greatest acts of love, because it shows all the way through that He cares for us.

And what's to be said of the one who follows such a plan? They will stand, the all the world may rage at them, though violent war crash over them. Because in the end, we'll find that the greatest thing we gained while following the Masters plan, isn't just the way to go, but the very Heart behind it all. We'll find the greatest treasure gained on the journey, was enjoying the very presence of the Father. 

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