I am not usually the first person to admit that sometimes it seems as if the entire world is pointing at me with cannons and hand grenades. Just waiting for me to come out from hiding so it can ignite its attack. We have to be honest with ourselves that doubt does happen to engulf our mind. Like the tide at dusk taking control of the shore, sometimes we feel like the tide will never leave, but eventually the rushing waves subside. It is the period of time where the anxiety and insomnia feels to take your life in its hands where you decide what you are going to do about it. I have a strong faith and I have a big God; though, at times I do not feel strong and I seem to shrink even more in size, but this is where God simply lifts up our heads and reminds us that we are his child. What a beautiful peace to have that the Creator of the world holds you in his hands.
In the midst of confusion and chaos, we have to stay strong in our foundation. We have to be confident in the life we are building.
“When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” 4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders. 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.”- Nehemiah 4:1-6
Take note of verse 6, “So we rebuilt the wall”, I love this. They were being torn down and pressed on all sides. They could have lowered their tools and simply said no more. We aren’t going to build this wall. What is the point? It is too hard.
But instead, they built the wall anyway. They did not hesitate or direct their attention to the ugly remarks, but they first prayed and then picked up their equipment and continued with their work. I find it inspiring at how little attention they paid to the negativity and burdens that surrounded them. What if when we were faced with road blocks and moment of despair, we picked ourselves up and did it anyway. If our hearts and minds were as decisive as these builders then I bet we could continue with our life that we are building and not be so easily distracted by time, stress, and negative factors. We would acknowledge them, but they would not be a distraction so heavy that we would consider settling or just not doing what we are meant to do. What if we applied this principle to our lives?
Obstacles are just that… Obstacles.
They can be overcome because you have a purpose to live out.
You get one life to build.
You are on a deadline.
Do not lose focus.
Find your wall and just keep building.