Yesterday a new ramp on my route to work was opened for traffic. Construction began about a year ago, with the attendant lane closures when rush-hour traffic dwindled, narrowing of lanes to accommodate the huge trucks bringing construction material, a tractor-trailer worth of noise, and lots of manpower.
About a mile from the new ramp, I was greeted by an electronic sign that read: “New Traffic Pattern.” I was stoked! I drove onto it and headed way above the old highway, landing smoothly onto my usual way into the city.
The new ramp got me thinking about what God does when we hand our lives over to Him.
- Lane closures: there’s stuff we can’t–and don’t want to–do any more.
- Lanes are narrowed down to let Him do His work.
- Fresh construction material comes in as He builds anew.
- It gets noisy as the flesh battles against what the Spirit wants to produce in us.
- And He has to bring in a host of help to keep the “project” going.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” The Spirit-filled Life Bible, in a note on that verse, states that “we are God’s poem, His work of art.” I love that!
We don’t know what the end product will look like, but we know that we are in the hands of the Master Builder and we are no longer what we used to be. And we are assured that “He who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1: 6).
- Some of what’s going on now will only makes sense when construction is completed. There were parts of the construction project that I couldn’t see or understand down on the old road; it all came together once I drove on the new ramp.
- The Builder pays extreme attention to detail so that the finished product is perfect. That’s why the construction process takes time!
- Lives are involved in this spiritual construction process; handle with care!
- And, in the end, you forget what the old road looked like. All of the energy, sweat, and tears are worth it. The new road is far superior to anything that was in place before!
So … are you already on a “new traffic pattern” in your life? Or are you needing to start off on one?