There's always something slightly unnerving for me about the demo process. Even watching home renovating shows on TV, I'll twitch just a little bit when they take that first sledgehammer through a kitchen wall. I guess it just feels...final. There's no going back; we've got to finish it now. And while my Type A personality flares up a bit when I witness it firsthand, eventually I realize it's for the better.
That's how it felt for me this week to see the demolition projects commence on Tuesday. I was excited, but somewhat apprehensive, to see chunks of walls come out of this building. As the pile of debris grew, however, my fears subsided. I finally could start to see things that had only been on paper up until this point. I began to see the Shine! theater take shape, thinking about how unique this environment will be for middle school students in Lockport. I saw the doorway (that used to be a wall) which will provide discreet backstage access for our band and tech team. I could finally envision what it would look like to have the atrium full of people on a Sunday morning, milling around our café and Info Center.
And so that is how I was reminded that we need to let go of control over how things are so that we can finally see how things should be. If we hang on too tightly to the status quo, or if we cling to old habits that are residuals from our old way of life, we will never experience the growth and transformation that God wants to bring about in us. Sometimes, the very thing we need is to take a sledgehammer to some old, sinful, destructive patterns so that we can clear the way for God to do what He does best: transform us into the image of Jesus. It might feel slightly unnerving at first, but just remember: it's for the better.
I'm thrilled – not just about this building project, but about what God will do through it. I am deeply thankful to the Potter's Hands Ministry, who have provided (and are providing) so many skilled workers to help make this project successful. They are spear-heading a huge effort Saturday, April 26 from 8:30am-3:30pm. We still need many hands and helpers; even if you aren't a professional electrician or carpenter, we will find a place for you. Come for all or part of the day. Hope to see you there!
Together for the Mission,