God’s Word for Today: Fault
The first two photos for today show the beginning of a structure that will house the Biomass used as energy to power the Ethanol Plant we are building. It is an amazing structure, and reminded me daily of the Holy Family Shrine near Gretna, Nebraska. See next photos.
I wish I would have taken a photo the day before. I suppose I was waiting for more structure, more steel erected, more grandeur. I missed the opportunity of the perfect before and after shot.
The “after” was because of a storm that hit San Pedro late one night. Not an unusual storm. Rather, strong winds with an extra kick. Strong enough and in just the right direction to cause the carnage you see in the next couple of photos. The wind flat tore up my new structural friend. It twisted the steal like a well salted pretzel. It was not good to our project. What was once something of a picturesque and tranquil skeleton now, a tangled-up mess of steel and frustration.
Whose fault was this failure. I can’t say. We could blame it on the Engineer who designed it. We could point at the contractor constructing it. We could find fault with any number of people involved. We could blame it on God for allowing the wind to blow that direction with such force. We could declare fault on the sun for going down faster than we had time to properly brace. It could be the fault of the construction gremlin. Fault, fault, fault.
James 1:5. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
How many times in your life have you felt like that building? The world was going good. You were an up and coming person with not a worry in the world. People looked at you with a desire of emulation. Nothing could knock you down.
Then a storm came into your life. All the strength you had was blown over. You ended up in a twisted pile of ruin. Your sought-after admiration disappeared. All the blue paint in the world couldn’t make you look good. So much for the high horse.
Whose fault was this? Who brought the storm on? What in the world happened. Somebody is to blame. Fault needs to be pronounced and rectified. There must be a reason for this knot tying mess. Fault is a priority.
Or, you could put fault behind you. Just like our construction, there is a choice. Find fault or, rebuild. We recognized the problems. Realized the weaknesses. Started cutting out the damage. Reclaimed all good that was left. And then, started building back.
Is it taking longer than planned? Yes. Is fault paying for the repairs? No. Are we building wiser? Yes.
And, a little blurb about the Holy Family Shrine, strong winds blew it down once too.
You can do the same thing. No matter how many times in your life you have made the wrong choice, God knows where your heart is. God does not find fault. What is important is that you ask God for wisdom and then start rebuilding.
Will there be scars? Yes. Just like the last couple of photos of our almost destroyed structure. There are the remnants and scars still near. Those, we will clear out later. But a glance at the last photo can show you the promise of rebuilding into an even stronger monument of engineering. The Holy Family Shrine, stronger and more beautiful than original. And you? You can cling to God’s promise of a stronger and more beautiful you. No fault, just time and work. And, who cares about the before and after. Discard the before. God already has. The you that comes after is what we all want to see……… Amen and amen.