After living in the suburbs of Houston for 5 years, I just moved to the city of Houston about 5 months ago. Once finding an apartment that was in my price range, my roommate and I were excited about the move. There's just one thing... While the view all around us is beautiful, what I see when I look out of my window or walk out of my front door is an unfinished apartment complex. It's literally just frame and siding with scaffolding directly across my parking lot. There's a ditch that's been dug in my immediate line of view; mounds of dirt everywhere. Piles of broken wood, trash and other debris in all directions.
To add to this eye sore, I hear hammers and drills and whatever other kind of tool that builders use EVERY morning! I mean I couldn't tell you what they are doing because I don't see ANY progress! The noise of the tools wakes me up every morning, along with the noise of the music that apparently keeps the builders entertained. It's so ANNOYING! Not only do I have to look at that mess everyday, it interrupts my sleep and I don't see any progress!
The other morning I walked out of my front door, looked at that building structure and started complaining to myself; mostly about the fact that I don't see any progress. No stairs, no doors, no balconies. Just a frame with walls and siding. Then I had a thought. What if all of the work was happening on the inside and I can't see it? What if the builders are laying pipe inside of the apartments or even putting up dry wall? What if the noise that I hear (and mess that I see) is actually going towards making the inside beautiful?
When God does a work in us, many times it's an inside job. He changes our minds, hearts, will and emotions. God works on and within the realms that man can't see. According to Psalm 139 He knows our down sitting and uprising - He even knows our thoughts afar off. All of that is INSIDE work! Sometimes when I'm frustrated with my own progress or even frustrated with other people's progress, I remember that perhaps God could be doing an inside job! It may look a hot mess on the outside, but God makes everything beautiful in time.
1 Samuel 16:7
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.