by Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
Recently, I was visiting a patient in one of the local rehabilitation facilities; the gentleman I was calling on also had his grandson in the room at the time. The young man was a graduate of Kennesaw State University in the civil engineering program. I took the opportunity to engage him about the massive road project involving the reversible lane along I-75, between Marietta and Acworth. I probably complained about the mess, the increased congestion, and the general disruption that this building project is causing. I wondered out loud, “Why is the job so spread out?” He replied in a very
matter-of-fact way that all of the engineers, laborers, the earth moving equipment and the cement trucks would not fit if they began the project in a centralized space. Evidently, it is more efficient for the project if they work in separate areas and later connect all the pieces of the project as they build toward each other.
This image of building remotely, with the plan to connect all the pieces in time, was a wonderful metaphor of how the Kingdom of God is constructed. Where is your construction site for the Kingdom? I can tell you that Pellie Manning is building the Kingdom in her very own living room, where she
recently encouraged me with an excerpt from one of her devotional books. Clara Howell and Joyce Parker will be building relationships and strengthening the Kingdom on our upcoming mission trip to Prague in the Czech Republic. Where are you laboring for the Lord? You may be a prayer warrior in your personal prayer closet. Or, you might donate items for our church’s clothes closet or food pantry. Maybe you build the Kingdom through your gift of teaching in a Sunday school class or through singing in the choir. Perhaps you build the Kingdom by financially supporting the ministries of the church. No matter where you are building the Kingdom, I am confident that the Lord will bring your construction project to perfect completion for his glory.