The Portland Head Light is probably the prettiest lighthouse I’ve ever seen. Not only is it beautiful, but it is historic, being almost as old as the country itself. But it almost never saw completion.
Construction began in 1787 at the request of George Washington and was completed in 1791. However, it appeared in 1789, as the federal government was being formed, that there would not be enough money to complete the lighthouse. George Washington, along with Congress, realized the importance of this structure and allocated a fund to complete the lighthouse.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6.
Some things are too valuable and important to leave incomplete. And believe it or not, that includes us and the work of grace God is doing in our lives. What is this wonderful work He is doing? He is teaching us to be submissive to Him. He is softening our hard hearts. He is causing us to become more like Christ. He is preparing us for good works that will bring glory to Him and good to others. All of this work is done inside of us, and it’s a process. It takes time, and sometimes it hurts.
Think about all that God has used in your life to refine you – the challenges, the setbacks, the losses, the disappointments. This is not in vain. The work God is doing in our lives is very valuable and produces amazing results. We simply must trust Him and yield to Him as He does what He sees necessary. Then, we will see the lasting results of a fruitful life.
When I see something that has lasted a long time still doing what it was built to do, like the Portland Head Light, I am reminded of how God works. Amid the challenges and setbacks, a beautiful and useful life is being made that will outlast every difficulty. Thank You, Lord, for never giving up on me!