I was walking through my yard earlier today and found this blue LEGO brick. Is this a weird this for a mom to find? Probably not. Is it weird for a childless millennial? Absolutely. How this LEGO got in my yard is beyond me, but man if God didn’t drop a bomb in something so simple.
Here’s a few things I’ve been noticing about this brick:
- It has dirt all over it and it had clearly been buried in the dirt. But, now it’s been uncovered and discovered. It now has potential for purpose since it’s been identified.
- It has eight studs or connectors. Eight in the Bible means “new beginnings.” It also shows the need for unity and connectivity.
- It’s blue, clearly. Blue in the Bible can represent a few things, but namely the presence of God (YAHWEH).
- It’s a brick. Bricks are a material used in the building process.
What does all this mean for us? It means despite the current circumstances – in your life and the world – God is building a new thing. Duh, Hannah, I’ve heard that already. Let me reiterate – this season has purpose and in the process God is unpacking and rebuilding things to bring into His glory. Maybe you can start to this in your personal life. Or maybe you’re struggling to see that and this word confirms what you’re hesitant to believe. I hope so. But let me also stress that this word goes beyond us. It reaches into the earth and expands beyond our zip codes of comfort. We are the pieces God is using to build the Kingdom being propelled towards a new thing. I’ll be the echo (again) – Just because a pandemic has slowed how the world turns, it has not slowed or stopped the Kingdom of God.
When I picked this toy up out of the dirt, I instantly remembered Nehemiah. He was a cupbearer who went back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall which had been destroyed. Did he feel qualified? Probably not. Was he willing? 100%. He risked losing favor with the king to go back and rally the people to build the wall. Even though he went from cupbearer to brick layer, the stance of his heart never changed. In both seasons of his life, he remained a servant-leader positioned to be used by God. God elevated Nehemiah because he was obedient. He knew what had to be done and he did it. God is raising up Nehemiah’s who will lead, build, connect, pray and serve. Your piece of the Kingdom is critical. And in the process, God is identifying things in us that will help unify us.
Our takeaway? It’s time to build, pray and connect for the Kingdom.
“Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2:17-18, ESV