Friends of ours moved to a neighborhood near the historical district in Dallas a number of years ago in order to serve as missionaries to the residents. The Lord gifted them a huge, beautiful home to use for their ministry and they have been doing amazing things for the Kingdom there.
The thing about houses in Dallas is that they all have foundation issues, and of course older homes show their scars the most. Our friends’ house had some significant issues that needed to be fixed: cracks in the walls and ceiling, the slant in the flooring, cabinets pulling away from the walls, Doors that didn’t shut properly . . . this house was in dire need of foundation repair. Once again, the Lord took care of the bill, and they were able to have professionals come do the work.
The crew had to completely dismantle the entire bottom floor and dig holes deep into the ground in order to fix the problem. It took almost 10 months for all of the work to be finished and the house to return to a normal, livable state.
Once the foundation issue was resolved, the next thing was to tackle the evidence of the issue: the cracks in the walls. Those cracks were pretty easy to fix though. Putty, paint, putty, paint. Voila. New walls and no more cracks.
Why in the world are we talking about foundation repair? Because I think we all have foundation repair needed in our lives. The Lord began to revisit some of my foundation issues this week, but I was surprised when I tried to attack them with the tools I knew to use and I couldn’t seem to get anywhere.
My foundation issue is trust. This is not a new thing for me. I’ve been trying to fix this one for awhile. When I pictured my trust foundations, I saw a lot of cracks in the walls, slanted floors and some gaps in the concrete. Frustrated that I was dealing with the same issue yet again, I took it to the Lord and halfheartedly tried to fix it.
After a few minutes and no progress, I decided to flip open my Bible to wherever it landed and see what came up. I don’t recommend this as an everyday tactic to finding answer or spending time with the Lord, but sometimes, playing Bible roulette can be just the thing you need. My Bible opened to John 12 and my eyes went to verse 44.
Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust in me, you are really trusting in God. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.”
I literally laughed out loud. “Okay. What is this about?”
Immediately I saw a picture of the cracks in the wall at our friends’ house in Dallas, before they’d been puttied and painted. I was struck with a really intriguing thought.
I have dealt with these trust issues already. I have spoken truth and proclaimed that I walk in freedom from these trust issues. My foundation issues have been tended to, the floors dug up and the new concrete poured in.
But you know what I realized I haven’t done? I haven’t gotten rid of the evidence. I haven’t puttied the walls and painted over the cracks. I have not finished the work that proves that my foundation has been fixed.
When an issue of trust arises, I’ve fallen into my old ways and walked in distrust of the Lord, looked at the cracks in the walls that reminded me not of a fixed foundation, but of a cracked one. I’ve been acting as though nothing has changed.
So how do I debunk the evidence that’s right in front of me? I remember that I’ve been freed from the lies and I choose to walk in that freedom.
Putty, paint. Putty, paint.
This is an ongoing process, which is also true about foundation repair: maintenance is a thing. Foundations need to be tended to and new cracks may form.
Putty, paint. Putty, paint.
When an issue of distrust arises, my job is to prove to that issue that my foundation has been fixed. “That’s not who I am,” or, “That’s not true of who He is.” etc. I have to speak truth (and believe it) to the thoughts that want t0 lead me into darkness and remind the enemy that I am whole, fixed and not subject to his lies anymore.
Putty, paint. Putty paint.
Where are you at in this process? Have you identified the problem? Are you tearing up carpet and digging holes? Putting things back together? Puttying and painting? Your foundational issue may be something completely different than mine but the analogy still works.
No matter where you see yourself, remember that the Father is not standing outside waiting for the reveal. He is in the hole with you, digging and pouring, handing you the putty and holding the paint bucket.