There is a verse in Jeremiah 30 that reads,"The city will be rebuilt on her ruins.” That’s the line I am holding onto in 2019. The writer Jeremiah was giving the people hope that there would be a) healing and b) rebuilding in a place that felt desolate and ruined. He was declaring that every level of society would be renewed in the coming days, that people would live in towns built on mounds of rubble. It was in that moment, reading that verse at the start of this year, when God stopped me and basically showed me, "I am not discounting your ruins. I am not throwing away the parts of your story that left you feeling crumbled and defeated. I'm not hiding those parts or forgetting those parts-- I am actually using those. They are essential to the rebuilding process."
You would normally think the process of rebuilding something like a city or a house would involve clearing away all the old-- all the junk. But these words claim just the opposite. They actually claim we can rebuild upon the stuff that once destroyed us, that those very things become a part of the foundation.
It's 2019 and maybe it's not all about acting like nothing big or bad ever came our way in the past years. Maybe it's not about our fingertips hovering over the DELETE key for every messy part of our 2018 or 2017 story. Maybe we are meant to look back on those hard things and find the small glints of good in them: how they prepared us. How they grew us up. How they changed us. How they made us strong.
Because that's the thing about a house- you cannot build it on anything but a strong and solid foundation. And, if I have learned anything in my short life, it's that we get stronger through the parts of our stories we'd rather not share or highlight. It's in those parts of the story do we become unstoppable. Capable. Ready. Rebuilt.