This is Part 1 in a three part series, titled “Faith, Family, & Focus.” Visit here tomorrow for Part 2 and Friday for Part 3.
Have you ever watched a brick mason work? Whenever I pass by a house that is being bricked, I’m always amazed at how quickly these people work. Their movements flow effortlessly, as if they are putting pieces of a puzzle together. They give no indication of the exhaustion that occurs from spreading the mortar, then laying the brick down, and repeating the process over and over.
The other day I was thinking about how bricklaying is like faith. There are basically three phases of the bricklaying process:
- Corners- Did you know that bricklayers start their work by bricking the corners of a house first? (Link to source) The corners are often the most difficult phase of bricking, and they like to dedicate the most effort to getting it done right.
In life, our “corners” are when we first start to believe. God builds these difficult parts first, so He can get to work on the front, sides, and back of the “house.”
- Faces- When brick masons get the corners done, then the real magic happens. This is the part that I marvel over. They become like a well-oiled machine.
I think of this phase as the everyday, humdrum of life. We get in our routines. We do the same things over and over and over again. We become the quickly constructed face of a house.
- Cosmetic- This is the most tedious phase of bricklaying. All those little nooks and crannies have to be filled with mortar, but it has to be just the right amount or you have to start over again.
This is where God really starts to work us over. He fixes us. But you know why He does it here at the cosmetic stage?
Because we need the corners and faces to be built already.
Faith is one of those concepts that has varying definitions based on who is trying to explain it. You could quite possibly get hundreds of different answers to the question, “What is faith?”
My favorite verse on faith is Hebrews 11:1: “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”
Today, I hope you allow God to work on the “cosmetic part of your house.” Trust Him to do the touch ups and fill the gaps. Have faith that He can lay the bricks.