We currently have scaffolding all around our home. In order for the roof plumber to put a whole new roof over our house, they had to erect scaffolding to provide a safe work place.
Our four year old was absolutely delighted! He would excitedly anticipate coming home from daycare just so he could walk around the scaffolding.
The view from there was quite spectacular. You didn’t just see the brand new roof and all the work the plumber had done but you could see all the way around our block as well as quite a way in the distance.
Unless we do another renovation in twenty years time and build a double storey house, this will be the only time we will see this high up on our block.
While the view from on the top of the scaffolding is glorious… the view from inside the house is not ideal.
Every single window and every single door has grey metal across it. And as the floor of the scaffolding is just at the top of the windows it means that it casts a shadow inside. Not only can you see the ugly scaffolding but it has made our house much dimmer and darker.
While the scaffolding is useful for a time and for a particular purpose, it is not meant to stay there all the time.
In our faith journey it’s nice to have scaffolding moments. It’s good to rise ourselves up from the daily humdrum of life and look around at the bigger picture. This happens for me most when I go to a conference. Conferences are a great way to remove yourself from daily life and reflect on the bigger picture.
But we’re not meant to live up on the scaffolding. And we’re not meant to keep our perspective at a conference level. There are times when we need to come back down to earth and live out what we’ve learned and seen. It’s then that our faith really comes into action.
It’s nice to look forward to scaffolding moments but let’s not suppose that that is how life should always be.
Lord, as we read through your ministry there were many amazing moments. But if we look a little deeper we can see where your life hit the ground in all the every day kind of ways. May we not just live for the scaffolding moments but be willing to connect with you even when we’re back on the ground. Amen.
What has been a significant scaffolding moment in your faith?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.