When we first moved to Spain our lives completely changed and in some ways had to become more simple because of the life-style: We rented a house and didn’t know how long we were going to be there, we didn’t have a lot of space, and we didn’t bring a lot of personal belongings with us from England.
But gradually our lives began to be more cluttered and full, and as always, some of it’s good, and some of it’s not so good. There came a point for me when my life seemed so full I couldn’t begin to see the wood for the trees. ‘The strength of the labourers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.’ (Nehemiah 4:10 NIV)
What are stones, and what is rubble? At first glance it all looks the same. Same colour, same consistency, all in a heap. But the rubble needs to be cleared away first, then you can build with the stones. This is were we need the discernment of the Holy Spirit to show us clearly what needs throwing away.
Then we can really build. Build with a clearer vision, with the tools and resources God has given us.