We closed off the driveway next to the sidewalk to allow for equipment to be moved in so that demolition can begin as soon as school dismisses. A change in the flow of the usual traffic pattern for drop off and dismissal will certainly create some uncertainty. However, it is a temporary inconvenience for a greater good. It will all work out just fine.
I look back and think about the relevance of this date in my own life. It was on October 16, 2001 that I underwent major surgery after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time in my life. (The first time was in 1986.) Enduring the surgery and the months of recuperation after the surgery were very difficult. However, the end result was having restored health. Did I want to go through that "construction zone" in my life? Absolutely not. Was it necessary? Well, it has given me eighteen additional years as of this point.
It is hard to believe that I have survived 33 years since the first diagnosis and 18 years since the second diagnosis. These experiences have helped me keep things in a better perspective. The inconveniences of life are just that--inconveniences. They are not life and death issues. Having a little disruption to the normal flow of things because of construction is an inconvenience--nothing more. It is good to keep our perspective on things.
Some of you are going through some real difficult times right now. Some are grieving the loss of a loved one. A few of you have told me about loved ones in the hospital, even in the intensive care unit. Others have heavy burdens of different types. Please be assured of my prayers. These are challenging issues and I empathize with you and the burden you are carrying.
For those of you who have smooth sailing for the moment, offer a prayer of gratitude for that blessing. Then offer a prayer for those who are hurting in one way or another. Let us build one another up in Christ Jesus. Don't let the inconveniences of life distract you from what matters. Keep your eyes focused on the King of kings and Lord of lords.
The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit be with you!