A quote from my favorite author has been in my thoughts lately:
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense.
What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
–C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
You’ve been going through hard times—so difficult they may not be fully understood in this life. But through it all, God has never stopped loving or building you.
Systems fail. If they’ve unconsciously become an idol, they need to. Purposely or as a byproduct, most of the world’s systems produce angst, pain, lack, and brokenness. But because Jesus is loving, healing, blessing, and building you, none of those define you. The amazing plans he’s working on in your life are exactly what you, your family, and this world need to thrive.
Renew your mind and strengthen your heart by recognizing the ways God has been with you—sustaining, encouraging, and growing you. Jesus is still an artisan, a greater one than you’ve ever imagined.