Out with the Old, In with the New.
Currently at the moment Te Rapa Swimming Pools are going through a restructuring and while they are going through it, some of the main pools are shut down unable to be used while other outside pools have been heated up a little, so they can be used while the work is going on. It will be messy as builder’s work on what needs to happen in order for the pools to be more accessible and useable for the future. But in the end the change will be worth it.
This too I believe is what is happening in the Body of Christ.
There is a restructuring going on. God is updating the building (which is us, we are His temple), modernising how things need to be done, old solid foundation structures are being taken down and being replaced with more modern structures. However within the foundation structures of the old, there is gold that was always there but had been lost or forgotten about, that will once again be uncovered and admired.
In this process of change, sometimes we feel a little lost, a little disconnected as we are unsure of what is going on, uncertain of the future and we are trying to find our way back to the familiar of what we know. There is a call to be patient in the process of change and allow God to go deeper, to unravel us as our dependency has been on what we know and are familiar with and yet things are changing, and they are changing for the better.
Like waiting at a train station at night time in winter to get home and your train has not yet come in and you are waiting for it and there are people going in all directions and the hour feels like it is getting later, but you are still waiting. Rest assured you will find your way to where the Lord would have you be in time, just be patient.
So I encourage you if you are feeling a little lost and uncertain at the moment, this is just a part of the change that we are in at the moment in the body of Christ as God is wanting to shift and change structures in each one of us, that have been held and a part of us for so long. Like big concrete walls and in the taking down of those structures in our lives there is gold that has been hidden away unseen for so long that will be once again found.
He told them this parable: "No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, 'The old is better'."