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Towers in the Rearview

Towers in the Rearview

Genesis 11:8-9a So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth.

Haven’t you struggled with the reality that God sometimes provides inspiration for works that He chooses to end prematurely? Maybe you tried to start a family or open a business or lead a ministry, and you felt momentum for a while, but then the adoption fell through or investors backed out or helpers stopped coming. Maybe you got a second job to earn money, or you took online classes to further your degree, but the job failed and the degree stalled. When I picture Babel here in Genesis 11:8-9, I don’t just picture mounds of dirt and piles of stones and unfinished structures; I picture that unpublished novel that’s been gathering dust in my drawer for sixteen years, and the countless songs I’ve never recorded, and the two graduate degrees I’ve halted and will probably never complete.

But friend, if we can lift up our own towers of confusion to The Father, praying, “Not my will but Yours be done,” I believe we’ll start to see them for what they really are: not steps blocked, but steps forward.