When driving near the construction site of the new harbor bridge in Corpus Christi it is hard to miss the huge wooden structures being constructed on both sides of the port. These two legged monstrosities, surrounded by a gridwork of scaffolding, continue to grow larger by the day. Hidden from sight and within these giant structures is a steel skeleton being filled with thousands of cubic yards of concrete. All the wood we see now is just temporary. It serves the sole purpose of forming the structure to be what it was designed to be. One day all the wooden forms will be removed and the finished product will be revealed. The wooden forms will have served their purpose and will be removed from the sight. Like the wooden structures used to form bridge supports, trusses, foundations, all other construction projects, we too have things in our lives that are forming us to become who God created us to be. These 'life forms' come in the form of hardships, trials, and setbacks. They are used to shape us and help us grow into Godly men and women of strength. These life forms, just like their wooden counterparts, are temporary and will not last forever. James tells us to consider it great joy when troubles come our way, knowing that their purpose is to make us perfect and complete, lacking nothing. When completed, the two giant towering structures at the port will stand tall and provide the strength to support one of the largest cable stay bridges ever built. So, endure whatever it is that you are going through at this present time with the assurance that God has a plan for you that is bigger than you can image.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2Co 4:17,18
Pastor Frank Dodson