Joining Kate Motaung and other members of the courageous Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is “Build.”
Sometimes we build.
And at other times we rebuild.
Whether or not the devastation was our doing
or someone else shared the blame.
But both building and rebuilding involve choices,
for no one builds by accident.
At least not anything that will endure.
And both involve resources.
And a heart to build or rebuild,
because without heart
and the belief that what is being built is worth the effort and the costs,
we will lose heart.
Because there will always be opposition to building anything worthwhile,
as demonstrated in the story of Nehemiah and his fellow Israelites’ process of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
Fierce opposition came from Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonities, and the Ashodites,
the Bible records in Nehemiah chapter 4.
And the story also shows us how to build in the face of opposition:
We do so with prayer to the God of Angel Armies.
We do so by encouraging ourselves and each other.
We do so by arming ourselves for battle,
and carrying our weapons with one hand as we build.
And relying on the truth that
“Our God will fight for us.”
We can be confident of this
when what we are building
is what He has called, commissioned, and equipped us to build.