God’s Word for Today: Incomplete. As in, not finished. This word, incomplete can allude to many things. First thing that comes to mind is, the various projects started that never get finished. All good intentions began the project. Then something caused a stop. It could be any number of things. Lack of material, lack of money, lack of time, boredom, or loss of need. The list could go on and on. But, you know what I mean. I believe there is not a soul out there in this world that does not have at least one project sitting on the shelf that they have never finished. If there is that person, let them speak now, and I will ever after hold my peace.
This weekend, we were able to go on a little motorcycle adventure. It started off as a simple plan to go visit relatives and see a little part of Paraguay that would be new to my eyes. The trip to the brother’s house was good. 30+ kilometers of dirt road with the sun shining directly in one’s eye was a little bothersome, but the ferry crossing we had to take, across a decent sized river erased all irritations of sun blindness. It was a ferry you see in the movies of the wild west times where 2 men and a big stick, shoved through a loop in a rope, are what propelled the ferry across the river. Good stuff.
The little town we ended up in, Santa Teresa, reminded me of my home town as it was in the 60s. Santa Teresa had a grocery store, a bakery, a hardware store, and old gas station in the middle of town. Plus, a brand new gas station with quick stop store, just outside of town. So, parts of Santa Teresa were like yesteryear, and other parts were just like today.
The one thing about this town that aroused my curiosity was a rather large church structure that was not finished. I regret that I did not have my cellular on my person when I found this skeleton of a church building or I would have included a picture. It was going to be a very majestic and quite beautiful church from the looks of it. But, for some reason, construction had stopped. Now, there sits an empty, rather large structure going to waste.
A couple of inquiries later, and I found out it was going to be the new Catholic church. But, the church ran out of money before it could be completed. This was shocking news to me, as I believed that no Catholic church in the whole world ever ran out of money. The mere size and strength of the Catholic faith has led me to believe that they are never incomplete.
I would have liked to hear the whole story of why this magnificent building was incomplete. What exactly happened to the funding? One can only imagine the worst. I just know it made me sad. Great plans that failed. Many visions simply erased. Hopefully one day, someone with a huge heart and a lot of ambition will take the reins and turn this incomplete church into another majestic piece of craftsmanship.
James 1:5-6. 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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Was it the lack of wisdom that cause the completion of this church to fail? Or, was it a parish that had its doubts? I can only speculate. Maybe half the church had the vision and wisdom and the other half had its doubts. At first, the stronger half got the ball rolling and the building project underway. But then, it reached the point where the other half of the parish was needed to help complete the project. The doubters held their ground. The project failed. It stands there empty and incomplete.
How many parts of your life can be related to this church structure? Maybe you had some grand ideas for your life, you got a good start and then doubt kicked in. There is a good chance the doubt came from on outside source. Someone told you that your plans would fail. Or maybe they told you that what you were doing was a bad idea. Somehow, somewhere, and some way, someone gave you just enough doubt that the path you just knew was the right one, ended up an incomplete trail.
Maybe, there are even some scars left behind as a monument to what you were trying to do. Every day, you look at a part of your life that is still an empty structure. You would like to continue. You would like to complete the task you were given, but you are so busy being blown and tossed around this sea of life, you have no time to focus.
Today, do what the Scripture says. Ask God for the wisdom to complete the task He has laid before you. Only this time, with His direction. With His strength, you will be able to pick up your incomplete work and finish it. Doubts will once again come flying at you. But this time, you have let God take control. This time, the One with the Vision will win. No more incomplete for you. Get up, move forward, complete the Church of your life, that God, has asked you to build.
Prayer: Dear God, grantor of perfect wisdom. I thank you for giving me a vision. Forgive me for letting doubts crowd out the plans you have for my life. With your help Lord, I want to start where I left off. With your strength Lord, I can cast off all doubts. I know what great plans you have for me. Help me to make them complete. In Jesus’, who completed His part of the Church, name I pray. Amen.