They’re all over Watertown this fall — “Road Closed” signs, attended by police officers and the din of construction. I spent lots of time today following detour signs and re-routing myself down streets I’d never travelled. I arrived late everywhere, but I had a lot of time to think about my own spiritual construction work.
A new job as a pastor is like a federal stimulus grant for vocational reconstruction. The thing about construction work is that it usually involves some de-construction work. Tearing down or tearing out what is, even if it’s in bad shape, is the hardest part.
As I’m moving into new community and a new role, I’m praying about and watching for what needs an overhaul in my soul, where to bring in the jack-hammer and where to excavate before rebuilding. I’d rather just keep driving down the road; it’s easier. Thank you to the Watertown Department of Public Works for reminding me, at every turn (literally), that deconstruction is a good thing.