A Time of Preparation, II: Lay Your Groundwork and Build in a Logistical Way
From the series, God is Building New Process in You. As we discuss A Time of Preparation, the first segment of the ‘Building’ series, we discover the necessity of learning how to become prepared as God moves us into new seasons defined purpose.
As you work to prepare the groundwork on which your foundation is to be built, God will lead you through an ordered process to establish His purpose in you.
Laying the groundwork accurately includes a defined set of given instructions that help us complete the process in a patterned and an effective way. It requires building in the right environments and logistical planning; using the right resources; not wasting your time and energy; and allowing balance and structure to be a part of your process.
The groundwork is removing “stuff,” and the removal process may be a bit uncomfortable; but nothing can be built if the ground is not prepared. This process is not intended for your harm, although it may feel that way. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Following God’s pattern as you work to establish the groundwork for your foundation will help you not become overwhelmed as you build, because the groundwork is where we begin. As you remove and clear out debris, the challenges of this type of newness can become overwhelming at times. We often struggle to understand God’s reasoning in this part of the process, and it is often very hard at times to comprehend His reasons why.
But God often takes away to add value.
I assure you that nothing He removes is unreplaceable. In fact, His plan and purpose for our lives will often exceed our expectations. So, lay the groundwork, because nothing can be built if your ground is not prepared.