Some of the biggest hardships in life can be the greatest places for God to work as a Master Craftsman on our hearts.
The Call to Address the Foundation
There are many times in life where the issues we face are actually a call to go deeper, to get to the groundwork of our hearts. During a particular season of my life, I wanted God to open doors and lead me into new and exciting ventures. But all the signs kept pointing me back to this: the foundation needs more attention.
Everything I was going through was a call for me to address the foundational issues of the heart that can get so easily ignored or neglected, yet they influence everything in life. So, in order for me to experience the greater life I longed for, I had to give God permission to renovate the foundation.
You and I can get easily overwhelmed by the complexity that our battles bring. It seems there is so much drama, frustration and confusion that accumulates in our journey. One big reason for this is that we are not equipped to address our foundation.
Now when I say, simple, don’t hear me wrong. I don’t mean easy. Heart renovation takes time, patience and investment. But the solutions you need are often so simple, they can pass you by if you are not paying attention.
The key is that you need an open and teachable heart. In other words, you just need to be ready. Circumstances can humble you to the point that you are ready for whatever God needs to do in your heart.
Allowing for the “Gut Job”
We often lack a solid foundation in our spiritual life. Because of this, cracks and instability are manifesting in so many areas of our lives. Yet, in our search for repair, we often fail to have our spiritual foundation examined.
When someone comes for personal help, there are usually symptomatic issues they are hoping to address. An addiction has taken over, their marriage is on the rocks, struggles of the mind seem to be dominating, a workplace problem seems to be holding them back or they simply can’t get over a hurt from the past. They may be looking for help regarding depression, anxiety or anger battles.
These struggles are all subjects that call us to address the underpinning issues that need attention. The problem is that most of our life pattern has been conditioned to patch holes in the walls of our hearts as much as possible. “Put a quick band aid on this and get on with life” seems to be the theme most people live by.
Yet as the footings of our hearts keep getting ignored, we ask ourselves the same questions over and again:
- Why does this issue keep rising up?
- Why am I so unhappy?
- Why can’t I catch a break?
- Why am I leaning into that fourth glass of wine?
- Why am I so obsessed with what’s going on at work?
- What’s up with this anxiety I’m feeling?
- Why do I feel so angry?
- Why do I feel so awful, sick and worn out?
The Longing for Transformation
For many, there is a cry for transformation, a desire to experience healing and freedom in their hearts. We want a fruitful walk with God, a strong sense of who we are and better relationships.
Yet the road of transformation is filled with resistance, roadblocks and unwanted detours that often seek to derail our ability to live healed and free. This leaves many in a world of “status quo,” or “tolerable recovery”, where life does not seem to change, they feel stuck and hearts begin to lose hope and motivation. Others settle for a mundane and lifeless existence.
Many of the issues of the heart can easily bury themselves, so it often takes certain symptomatic issues to get our attention. Your wife tells you if you don’t get help, she’s leaving. You find yourself drinking way too much. Pornography has become an easy lure. Anxiety seems to be increasing and unrelenting. Your health is waning because the stress and internal conflicts are taking a toll on your physiology. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive patterns, panic attacks and depression can enter in easily.
As many do, we spend a lot of time trying to patch holes, looking for quick fixes, until we make the decision to let God repair the foundations of our heart. No chasing symptoms anymore. It’s time to get to the root issues of your life. This new perspective can then permanently change your life trajectory.