Meditation for Perfectionists – Saturday October 19, 2019
Before, During and After
Ezra 3:8-11: “When the builders laid the foundation…with thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: ‘…his love…endures forever'” (vv.10-11).
“I wonder if I’ve done permanent damage to my mind and body,” admitted a friend who had just left a destructive career environment. “As I begin this journey out of workaholism and burnout, sometimes I’m hopeful, other times I’m racked with doubt. I guess I’d better wait before I count my blessings.”
At one time I too was frightened that total restoration was not possible. After all, I had “fried” my brain and soul.
Perhaps the Israelites experienced similar feelings. They had been freed from the oppressive chains of the Babylonians. Restoring the temple in Jerusalem was their goal, but many obstacles remained. The destruction was massive. Could they ever recover what they once had?
With such a huge task ahead, one might expect the Israelites to hold their praise until the temple reconstruction was completed. Yet as the foundation was being laid, they shouted, “God is good.”
Learning new ways to live is risky. There is much work to be done and many obstacles to overcome. However, even in our confusion and doubt, we can be grateful for evidence of growth and praise God.
Lord, your love endures forever —
before, during after the restorative process.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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