Recently I was having a day where I felt terribly discouraged by the reality of what lay before me: three and a half more years of theological study after the four that I had just completed. I felt trapped and frustrated by the lack of options and opportunities before me. I truly could not comprehend why God had me in this situation, and how I was going to find the motivation to keep going. I personally felt that I was ready to step into the plans that the Lord has for me, and I couldn’t understand why He was making me wait for such a long time!
The next day I was having a coffee with a new friend and she unknowingly spoke into this secret frustration of mine. She said, ‘Rose it doesn’t take much foundation to build a chicken coop, but to build a mighty Sky Scraper you need a very solid and deep foundation. It takes time, and a lot of effort to build that type of foundation. You are a sky scraper and God is building a solid foundation on which you are to stand.’ Those encouraging words brought so much hope to my situation, and in that moment I could see that it was God’s plan for me to have this extended period of study and learning, and that He has me right where He wants me. I realised that He wants to set me on a deep and solid foundation so that I can succeed and prosper in the work He has for me.
Think about a chicken coop: it’s relatively easy to build and it doesn’t need much foundation to stand, but if hit by a storm, a tornado, or a flood it will not stand against the stress nor will it protect ones it was built to look after. A sky scraper on the other hand needs designing, crafting, and it needs to be built down deep before it can start to stand tall. It requires an investment of time and hard work. It requires commitment. But once the job is done is can stand against the storms, the floods and the tornados. It brings glory to its maker and upholds those for whom it has been built to serve and protect. A sky scraper leaves a long lasting legacy.
I’ve decided that I want to be a sky scraper rather than a chicken coop, and therefore I realise that it is not good for me to run ahead of God’s timing and the work He wants to do in me. He wants to set me on a solid and deep foundation so that I can stand tall, and won’t be crushed when the storms, and winds hit. I now have a new appreciation for the study ahead of me, and I know that if I walk in God’s will and timing I will become the sky scraper that He wants me to be.
So I ask you, do you want to be a chicken coop or a sky scraper? Sometimes it feels like the situation we are in is hopeless and it’s tempting to short-cut, or run ahead of God’s timing. We might feel that we are ready for the plans God has for us, and we don’t want to wait any longer. But it is important to recognise that God is for us, He wants us to succeed in His plans for us. That often means that God first wants to build a solid and deep foundation in us. So if you’re feeling how I have been feeling recently I encourage you to trust God and His timing. He knows what He is doing. He doesn’t want you to be crushed by the weight of His plans for you, He wants you to stand tall. He wants you to be a Sky Scraper.