In my neighborhood, someone has begun to build a house. And the Spirit said to write. Perhaps this will be a series as I chronicle this project. If so, over the course of many months, I will write when and what the Spirit dictates.
Excavation, in this case, is the process of removing soil, trees, rocks, grass etc. from the site. House building is a process and some steps have been completed before the excavation began. A plot of land was chosen and purchased. Plans and workers were selected to construct this home for the homeowners.
When I captured the picture, some of the foliage in the middle had already been removed. Though we do not see the house physically, there are plans that represent what direction the project will take. The house will take shape, step by step, day by day and month by month for many months to get to the expected end.
During this excavation phase, undesired trees and vegetation were uprooted and most were hauled away by dump trucks. Some of the larger logs were saved, possibly to be processed into lumber. Some of the trees were mature and in a state of decline. Some of them were already dead but still standing. Some were dead and fallen, subjected to decay and rot. Some of them were homes and food to insects and animals alike. Many days I have viewed deer and birds readily frequenting the property. Raccoons, armadillos, turtles, and skunks, yes stinky skunks, have made their abode whether permanent or just passing through. The wildlife was very active, but the excavation was necessary to clear the land and prepare for the foundation.
Just clearing and cleaning off the surface would be a quick fix and look okay. But it is imperative, it is critical to dig up the stumps and roots. Because if left in the ground, when they decay and shift, and they will, it will cause the ground to shift. Possible sinkholes would jeopardize the safety and integrity of the foundation and therefore the house.
The life of a believer is on this wise. We lived a life overgrown with trees, shrubs, rocks, thorns, weeds and all sorts of undesirable stuff. People of the world lived with us, lived among us, and feasted on us. On the surface, we looked okay and we thought we were okay. Some of us were standing but in a state of decay, some had already fallen and decayed. Our wild life was very active and filled with wild people, wild places, and wild things. The stinky life of sin set up resident to steal, kill and destroy.
When we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, instantly our spirit was changed, it was made new. But our soul; our mind, will, and emotions needed some work to construct this new creation. The excavation was required to clear our souls of rubbish to make way for transformation. The stumps of our old lives had to be uprooted to prevent the structure of our new lives being jeopardized. Some things were cleared off and dumped in the trash heap. Some were salvaged to be used later. As we made God first place, our new lives evolved and took shape. Step by step, day by day and for a lifetime, our new life, our new house is erected. Although the finished work is not seen, know that God has a plan, a blueprint for our lives. As we allow Him to build us, our new house will be a testimony and evidence to the onlookers of the power of God. They see us but we point them to Him.
Always the Word,
Harriet Noel Jones