A barn is being built on our property. It’s a very large barn structure with electricity and a cement floor with super high rafters. And it seems like it’s taking forever to complete.
The process has been tedious. First trees stumps were removed. Extra dirt was brought in and leveled. Poles (or are they called studs?!??!) were cemented into place and structure began to take shape. All this before the cement truck arrived to pour the flooring.
We still need walls. We still need a roof. We still need two ginormous garage doors and a man door installed. We still need insulation and electricity.
If I’m honest, this barn raising process feels like it will never end! There’s construction equipment and supplies all over my yard. We play “shuffle” the vehicles every day to make room for whoever happens to be leaving for work first the next morning. If we were near the Amish, where my husband grew up in Pennsylvania, our barn would have likely been done in one weekend.
If this were a brick or stone building, we would have started with the cornerstone, which is the first laid stone and guides the construction of the rest of the building. Most Christians have heard the metaphor of Jesus being the cornerstone of the church. Jesus being the rock, in which we are each built upon. He is he strength of the first laid stone; the guide for all the geometry that follows.
For me, the barn raising journey isn’t a reminder of the cornerstone piece; rather it’s a constant reminder of my need to practice patience. While I want the barn done and the yard cleaned up, I need to recognize that the process takes a little bit of time. From a safely perspective, I don’t want this to be a rushed process.
Patience is not natural to me. For either the barn raising project or with the people in my life. In my experience, the more I practice being patient, the more likely I am to actually naturally exercise patience. When we are able to behave with kindness and patience, we are more often demonstrating Christ-like behavior towards others.
As I struggle each day with the chaos in my yard during the barn raising, I am also reminded to be patience.
“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love…” Ephesians 4:2 (NASB)