The devastation was complete. Those trying to live in the debris did everything they could to keep themselves fed, sheltered and safe from the criminal element that was constantly roaming the area. Into this chaos, one man wandered. He wanted to see for himself the ruin and heartbreaking loss. He wandered here and there around the city. There were times that he was not able to get to where he wanted to go because of the obstacles. He saw the after effects of the disaster: broken down walls, destroyed homes, and the debris of buildings burned and fallen down. Over and over he thought, “This was a great city. Now it is a ruin and a ghost town.” The sound of pets that had gone wild to survive was eerie in the quiet of the ruined city.
After the trek through the city, he gathered together the leaders…the movers and shakers…the people who could get things done. He called them together and said to them, “‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace…’ They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work.'” Nehemiah. 2:17-18 (NIV)
There are times in our lives that we find ourselves in a situation similar to Nehemiah. We look at our life totally in ruins because of decisions made by us or by someone else. We see relationships in ruin. We see finances in rubble. When we are at that point, we have a decision to make. Are we going to follow God’s plan or are we going to rush off on our own? Nehemiah took the time necessary to stop, find God’s will and pray until he was sure that he was ready to follow God’s plan. What do we do? I’m afraid that we often see the crisis and rush off to do something about it rather that finding God’s will. We end up in worse shape than we were before. However, when we wait for God’s will, miracles happen.
God’s people in Nehemiah’s day decided to rebuild. They began the work that few thought would ever be completed and finished it in miraculous time…52 days. That’s the thing about God. When we truly trust Him and follow His will, things happen that we could never ask for or imagine happening. What about you? Are you ready to see miracles in your life? Are you ready to take the time to wait for God’s plan and then follow it…even if it doesn’t seem to make sense? What will you see?