There are two permanent residents on Whispering Willow Lane where we are spending the summer. One is a young couple with a small child. Early this spring when we arrived, a young man was building a new deck on the front of the cabin, but since that time, the refurbishing project of the old, run-down cabin appears to be on hold. Building supplies are lined up on the porch, which makes me wonder if they are overwhelmed with the project. I pray for this couple and ways as a neighborhood we can help them. Someday, perhaps God will reveal a plan.
When Nehemiah took on the project of rebuilding the wall around the Temple, he gathered good people who worked hard because “the people had a heart for the work.” (vs. 6) Rival neighbors were furious about the wall repair project and picked a fight with Jerusalem and caused trouble. But Nehemiah prayed to God for strength to finish the project, and then said to his crew, “Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome… (vs. 16a).
I pray the young couple hasn’t become discouraged about the big project they took on. I want to say to them, “Put your mind on the Master. He will give you strength for the job.”
Lord, give us strength for all our tasks. Amen.