Driving past this new house in Happy Valley, Oregon a couple of times a week, I’ve enjoyed seeing it constructed plank by plank. First the foundation was laid. Then along came floors and walls.
It’s been fun to watch the progress—especially the day the builders banged the roof tiles in place. The ladder they climbed to get to the top of the house shot straight up to the sky!
Spiritual parallel: Seeking spiritual maturity? Step on up! Along the way, have you blown it and descended a rung or two? You know, when one too many slip-ups appeared to be fatal slip-downs! Maybe you felt like a cartoon character, thwacking your way down a ladder-full of rungs to the ground. Bubbity, bubbity, bubbity!
Great news. Every step on the ladder of maturity involves a few steps back. Here God provides fresh Christ-encounters which serve as reference points for ascent. These experiences can’t be measured by a rung number. They’re about what you’re building with the Master Foreman.
Jesus, work boots on, climbs the ladder beside you, His hand on your back. No matter which rung you’re on, He never leaves your side. What a relief to those of us who seem to make a routine of three-steps-up-two-steps-back! Yet even on days when you can’t see your progress, Jesus does and speaks a completed house over your soul.
Ask the Holy Spirit, “What are You up to?” He’ll likely tell you that you’re brilliant, because He’s a genius and lives inside you. Look up. This is where it gets good!
The 45th Parallel
I invite you to click here to email a photo you’ve taken that depicts a spiritual parallel. Tell how it illustrates overcoming; forgiving; encouraging; or your relationship with God. It may be featured in an upcoming blog post!
How did a recent step down serve to promote you to the next level? What was God building in you in the process?