Occasionally, I make the drive to Tullahoma. There are a couple of places that we like to shop at, that are not available in Shelbyville, and there are a couple of restaurants there that we enjoy. If you’ve made this drive, recently, you have noticed the major construction that is taking place. The road has been torn up for several miles and It has been narrowed to two lanes for a lengthy stretch. There are road construction vehicles everywhere. Often, construction workers are on site helping direct or stop the flow of traffic based upon the needs of the current construction. Several homes along the road have lost the majority of their front yards as the road is being widened. As you drive, you can’t miss the construction.
Construction is inconvenient. It slows down traffic. We can’t get to where we want to go as quickly as we want to get there. Construction takes longer to drive thru and it can be frustrating driving at a slower speed.
Construction is frustrating. If you get behind a slow driver in a construction zone, it can take even longer to get where you want to go. You are at the mercy of the car or cars in front of you and often they aren’t traveling at the speed that you want to travel. Construction forces us to have to wait on others. As we wait or slow down, frustration can often consume us.
Construction is messy. The road is muddy and bumpy. Rocks fly up off the road from broken asphalt and ding your car. There are more potholes in the road. The scenery around you is torn up. Your car gets dusty and dirty. Wherever construction is taking place, mess is always evident.
Yet, construction is necessary. The road to Tullahoma needed to be widened due to the increased traffic flowing from Tullahoma to Shelbyville. In order, to increase and improve traffic flow in the coming years, construction must take place.
Construction indicates growth. When you build something, it means something is growing. As roads are constructed it indicates increased traffic. As homes are built, it indicates a growing population. (Hello, Murfreesboro and Nashville) Construction indicates growth and growth in our communities is a good thing as more people come to enjoy and live life in central Tennessee.
We need construction because construction shows that we are growing. In our lives, there are times that areas of our life need to undergo construction. Our marriages consistently need work and attention as we construct Godly marriages that honor our Father and bless our children, church, family and friends. There are seasons of construction at work as we have to learn new abilities to grow in our career. As we grow and gain influence, we can use this growth and influence to have a greater Kingdom impact upon our coworkers. There are seasons of construction in our emotional lives as we confront negative emotions that impact us. We have to learn to control our anger and aggression. We have to face our depression and negative emotions that can overwhelm us. We have to battle our addictions that threaten to overtake the life we want to live. We have to allow God to work in us and build a heart that is able to help us understand and live with healthy, God honoring emotions.
Construction is inconvenient, messy and frustrating. It’s also necessary and good as growth and change occurs that bring positive results. If you are in a season of construction in your life, allow God to work in your heart and mind. Allow him to make the changes and build in you what he desires to create in you. Allow him to work his construction in you. He is the master builder and he is completing a good work in you.