Build the Wall!!!
"They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."
- It is a reminder of survival. Sometimes we go through disparate situations that lead us into a place of ruin. I place where we feel great trouble. Sometimes, we carry disgrace in the form of shame and guilt. This happens during times when we experience heartaches, disappointments, hurts that rock us to the core. It's the mental, physical, or emotional place we end up in because of the actions of someone else. Through we survive, there still exists trouble and disgrace. That's because we fail to forgive. Survival is about more than coming through a situation. Build the wall and learn to forgive!
- It is a reminder of brokenness. Imagine playing a game of Jenga. You have many 'broken' pieces of wood that you (and others) stack on top of each other in hopes of building a tall tower. Once the foundation is laid, you begin pulling away pieces of the foundation and re-positioning them elsewhere. (Don't miss that...brokenness can come even after a firm foundation has been laid.) After some time passes, the tower falls. The wall of Jerusalem came crashing down. How do you handle life when things begin to fall down around you? Instead of giving in and throwing in the towel, re-build the wall. It may take time but it i definitely possible.
- It is a reminder of going through the fire. Fires are hot. They burn. They scorch. They are uncomfortable. Very few people choose to standby and watch a fire take over a home, a row of homes, or even a forest. Even less people choose to get caught up in a fire. We often tell our loved ones the escape to safety before trying to pull us out. But there is a blessing in some fires. Fires also shed light. They purify. It's a place to see God show up (as He did for the three Hebrew boys). Even after a fire hits you, be ready to build the wall.
Building the wall may not be easy. It may take time. You may experience pressure along the way. But God always prevails. We see this in Nehemiah 6:16, "When all our enemies heard about his, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God."
There is so much more to this story but please do not miss the message of hope.
Are you ready to build the wall?