My husband and I are in the process of building our first home. We are super excited, as you can imagine, and feeling really blessed that we are able to design and build our own home.
At this stage we are overlooking our plans, basically studying it every day together, making sure there are enough plug points in each room, that we have placed enough lighting in our kitchen, and making decisions such as whether or not to add an extra window… the list goes on. These are the questions we ask ourselves and the discussions we have, so that we don’t forget or leave something important out of the plan.
As much as this process is really exciting, it is very much a lengthy process and at times an overwhelming task to try to figure out everything on our own.
This had me thinking about life, and how God strategically plans every single part of our lives. This is what the Bible says: “He knew you before you were formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born God set you apart!” (Jeremiah 1:5).
He has a plan for us. God is the Great Architect of our lives.
In His Word he tell us this: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“ (Jeremiah 29:11).
Just as we design and build a house, God designed us. He has a plan for us. In Hebrews 3:4 it says, “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.”
So my revelation was this: It is impossible for us to try to figure life out on our own, and in our own understanding. God’s ways are so much better and bigger than our ways. Our minds cannot possibly comprehend what He can do! If we allow Him to lead us and we take that step or (sometimes needed) “leap of faith” and surrender everything to Him, we allow Him to build, design, and create our lives in His mighty ways and it’s the most wonderful thing!
Countless times in my life, when I have surrendered and released things I was trying to figure out on my own and just gave it over to God and whole-heartedly surrendered it to Him – that’s when I saw the Red Sea part in my life. It’s the place of miracles; it’s the place of blessing; it’s the place of letting go and letting God. It’s the most wonderful place to be!
It’s the journey to freedom, the plan of peace, the design of deliverance and the act of obedience.
I love how God works in our lives. I love how He teaches us all the time. We can never stop learning. There is a lesson in everything we do. When we fail, we learn. When we succeed, we learn. God never gives up on us!
Building our house is a big lesson in taking a leap of faith, and trusting and depending solely on God to guide us, help us, instruct us, teach us, lead us, and provide for us. I am learning something new every day. I have reached a point in my life where I understand humility and the blessings that follow when we humble ourselves. It’s truly life-changing.
You might not be building a house, but God might be building something in your heart.
Step out in faith and trust and allow him to build and rebuild the walls of your heart.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:1)