It’s done!! We were able to get the caution strip painted by the Daycare/Preschool’s new parking area BEFORE the doors opened on Monday morning. We had already had a couple of people trip up on the overhanging lip to the sidewalk, so this really needed to be done.
Others in the church had helped lay the concrete. They had also researched and provided what was needed for the paint job. I guess I was the erstwhile crew-chief for this part, so I got there early to sweep and tape, when another church member showed up to help. As he started on one end and I on the other, I yelled down to him that I had never painted concrete before, so if he had any suggestions…
“Just start painting!”
Hmmm..I liked that. Do the best you can with what you have and keep the main directive in mind, i.e., prevent injury with a warning stripe before the kids come on Monday.
And we had some pretty good help, I want you to know!
Okay, so it wasn’t perfect, but it’s not like we were asked to do brain surgery. There may need to be a few touch ups later. But mission accomplished, and actually quite well, if I do say so myself!
Nehemiah also had a task that laid heavily on his heart—rebuild the protective wall around Jerusalem. Importantly, he also had a clear directive from God AND confirmation to match the weight of the task before him AND he had done his research, which was actually ongoing, as the narrative continues. (Slightly more than painting a church caution strip.)
Once construction started, there was immediate backlash:
Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap— and charred ones at that?”
I find this to be such a perfect picture of how our enemy, our truest enemy that is—Satan, reacts when we begin the task God has given us to do. Note, however, it is (1) a directive from God, and (2) it has been confirmed to the level of the task’s weight, and (3) the pre-project research had been done (“counting the cost” and all that).
Then I just have to start “painting”. God is more than able to touch up a few strokes of misplaced color along the way.
Nehemiah 4:1,2 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.