Who is the builder?

During a bible study on Psalm 127 I read this verse:

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Psalm 127:1

A text that really resonated with me. Why?

Because I’m very limited. In the therapy groups, I hear stories and questions that are so immense. Choices to be made: where will I live? Do I go back to a war zone where I am not sure of my safety and that of my family, or do I stay here in a foreign country where I have nothing and know no one? Do I go back to my son, or do I stay here with my daughter? Not to mention the emotional rollercoaster and traumatic experiences…

And what can I say? As a human being?

When I try to do it by myself, it just overwhelms me. What can I achieve? How do I reach the other?
It can often be in the most minor, subconscious things. A gesture, a look, a word or phrase that you say… You can’t control that. I can toil and work and try to build, but if God does not do His work, it is in vain.
God knows what a person needs. He has everything in his hand. He is, so to speak, the joint between the stones. Without him, it is loose stones that will fall.

Look at your own life: how many people have touched your life? How many moments, memories are there of someone who said or did something that touched you. And how consciously did those people do that? All loose stones that have been put together by God and that have built your life.

That way I can be a stone in someone else’s life. And what a peace it gives me that I can surrender my work and my life to Jesus. It is He who does the work. And yes, that doesn’t mean I don’t have to do anything, I’m at work too. I try to be a stone that can add something to the building of the other, and He puts all those different stones together into a solid and beautiful building. Wow.

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