“You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.” Psalm 18:35

Driving around recently, I noticed a building under construction. Two of the four walls were framed, and each wall had something else attached: a beam for support. It made sense, I reasoned, to have that structure propped up against the wall frame, temporarily. It would give the workers time to finish framing the other two walls and give their building the strength it needed.

The Lord showed me how each of us is like that building. We are a work in progress, and that progress takes time. Some of us are further along in construction than others, but none of us is finished. What we need while we are being built is support. We need the Lord to shore us up, as it were, while He is working on us. And, we need the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ, lending us their hands and hearts in prayer as we walk together. We can’t get impatient with one another as we wait for the next phase of our buildings to begin.

No, none of us is finished. And we all need support, both the Heavenly and earthly kind. We have to know how to accept the help, and to give it, so that each of us is strengthened when we need it most.