“And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.” Isaiah 61:4
A quick demo clip from a home building company caught my eye last night. The company made the comment that they demolished a home, that had 57 years of memories, in 3.5 minutes. I thought I might cry. Their point was tearing down the old to build the new. I get it, but who made those memories?
The house reminded me of the stories I hear of businesses, marriages, families, relationships, and the list could go on. Why is demolishing the easy answer? Could we not rebuild, repair and raise up instead? Oh, things might need to be taken down to the studs, the foundation shored up and even added on to, but wouldn’t it be worth it? Perhaps the outcome would be unrecognizable, but maybe that is the point.
In the verse from Isaiah, we see the desolation goes back generations. Maybe we can apply that idea to our own lives. Is there some undealt with family ruins? Have we let it continue? Could be it has nothing to do with our families at all, just our own sin? Friends, there are ruins a plenty right now and becoming more and more evident. What can we do to get the repair process going? I know we can start with prayer. We can start by asking the Lord to search our own hearts and minds, point out our sin; He is full of grace and mercy. If we each took our own sin to the Lord, repented, asked for forgiveness and lived free, we might see others differently. Can you even imagine the “houses” we would see?
*Caught this heart in our home