Winter offers a unique venue for building amazing projects that last only as long as the cold weather holds out. In a child’s eyes, a fresh snowfall offers the rare delight of fashioning snow forts, snow angels and snowmen. Anticipation illumines a child’s face as he imagines the plans envisioned for his frosty materials! He presses on just for the joy of accomplishment; to see what he can build with his own two hands. Better yet is when Dad or Mom add their years of experience to his youthful energy. There’s no telling then what can emerge from the snowy scene. But the work must be done quickly. A snowman’s life is fragile when the heat is on.
Our first year in South Dakota offered many opportunities for my husband to be co-builder with our children in designing and constructing a variety of snow projects. 7 blizzards produced enough fort building material to last until June. Designs were made and altered so that the final result was a fort that featured a fire pit and a bench on which one could sit or sleep. Unfortunately, its usefulness was temporary. It wasn’t intended to stand forever.
Hebrews 3:4 reminds us that, “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.”
Although God gave detailed instructions as to the building of both the Tent of Meeting and the Solomon’s Temple, they were poor, temporary imitations of the eternal home in which He dwells.
Our joy is in knowing that God builds eternal structures in temporal homes. The Spirit of God is the Chief builder using surrendered hearts and minds as construction materials. “You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5
May I encourage you with these words from the Apostle Paul:
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”(2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NASB)
Some days I do feel like that melty snowman under the sun at high noon. But God’s Word encourages me in knowing that He is working in me eternity while this temporal life crumbles away.
Hello! My name is Vicki Johnson, aka, gracefilledgirl.