Watching the House Builder

We watched, through daily photos sent by my sister-in-love, Judy, our new home being built bit by bit. Every day around 3:00, we started watching Van’s email, excited to see something new. We pored over pictures, talking about progress and making plans. Some days many things were accomplished, but other days saw little or nothing done.

The builders worked diligently, and slowly, over the course of months, we saw a dirt lot transform into a house with rooms I could identify. Eventually, the details we chose-tile, carpet, countertops, sinks, light fixtures-made the house begin to look like the place we’d call home.

It took dozens of different skill sets to build our house, each with a specialty of their own. Every part required an inspection to ensure it met code regulations, so it was safe to live in.

With each new picture, Van and I talked and dreamed. Which pictures would we hang on this wall? What kind of barbecue? How would down-sizing from 4 bedrooms to 3 work? Should we share an office, or should I make my office also a guest room?

God, the Master Builder

Through it all, the watching and planning and dreaming, we knew the most important thing wasn’t in the construction of the house at all. The construction crew couldn’t do what we needed. To have a home that lasts, we needed to make the Lord our master builder:

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives to his beloved sleep.


First, we need the firm foundation of Christ. Without Him, everything else crumbles. Next, we must frame the house with God’s grace and mercy. Then, we wrap it with His love and goodness. Finally, we fill it with faithfulness, peace, patience, and kindness. A place that welcomes others and reaches out to our community. When we do that, our house stands, and we can rest.

Prayer: God, Be Our Master Builder, Psalm 127:1-2

Lord, we ask You to be our master builder. Watch over our home. Jesus is our foundation; let us stand firm on Him. Frame our house with Your grace and mercy. Let us show others the Truth of the gospel in our words and actions. Wrap our home with love and goodness, and fill it with faithfulness, peace, patience, and kindness. May our home be a place where You are known and glorified in how we treat others. Amen. 

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