God told Moses, “Let them construct a Sanctuary for me so that I can live among them.” Exodus 25:19
Today, I went to a huge, lovely mall, no doubt built with a lot of expectations for successful commerce. The hallways, void of shoppers, could have been a race track for motor cross bikes, the food court had more empty restaurants than those open for business, and in the anchor stores, there were more clerks than customers. For a Saturday it seemed unreal that the place was so dead.
A report by retail consultant Howard Davidowitz predicts as many as half of America’s 1,200 shopping malls will no longer exist for retailers into 15 to 20 years. I’m not a big mall shopper and have gravitated to the big box “one stop” stores to pick up things I can’t live without. Yet, there is something sad about seeing a “dead” mall that makes me sad. What will happen to the building? The retailers? The people who need their jobs?
God instructed Moses to build the Tabernacle so he could dwell among his people.
According to www.AskMoses.com the portable Tabernacle remained for fourteen years and was dismantled, but the tapestries and rugs were kept and used in another sanctuary.
When a mall closes, hopefully the merchants will find a new sanctuary to sell their wares, sales associates will find new jobs, and the beautiful mammoth buildings will find a new purpose.
Lord, give insight to builders and investors to make wise choices for the future. Amen.