“Tear down that wall.” Those words inspired the destruction of the wall we erected at Our Home Chapel as a flood barrier to the flood that was coming but never came. Now that the flood has pretty much subsided with only the ongoing cleanup efforts in the surrounding provinces to Bangkok, we are able to move forward. Even if many of the businesses and homes have yet to break down their wall.
At first, I was taken back when the church resisted destroying the wall. But why, it stopped us from using the front of our building, and the threat of a flood had vanished. No matter, people still wanted to remain in a state of anxiety and preparedness. At least that is what they said on the surface.
Below the surface, the real story shows how like much of us, we don’t like to destroy something we created. We put a lot of work and money into this wall, and now we just going to smash it to pieces. Yep, that is a hard reality to come to terms with.
But we did, and it was fun to see everyone pitching in on our Big Cleaning Day to make our place clean and inviting again. Once again I saw how we all struggle with change.
The wall, like many things in our life, was a good idea for a season. Perhaps even a God ordained thing for that season. It served its purpose well. For us, this wall never blocked water from getting into the building as the flood never reached us. However, the wall did a work in the life of the church as we rallied together. The bonds built among us and memories shared will never go away.
Yet, we love to hold onto things far longer than their expiration date. Have you ever eaten old yogurt? But hold onto it we do…
Something that was good but lasts too long can become bad. In a season of change in a world constantly changing, I am glad to be reminded of the need to smash things that hinder us from going forward. I am reminded of the bronze snake that Moses was commanded by God in Numbers 21, to erect. The snake gave the Hebrews relief from the ramped death around them from venomous snakes. Yet centuries later, the Jewish people began to worship that bronze image, forgetting its purpose and how it was meant for a season. In I Kings 18, we see the snake destroyed by Hezekiah as he draws the people back to purely worshipping YHWH.
What things have you held onto too long? Or what things do you know you need to get rid of now, to move forward.