“a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build.” Ecclesiastes 3:3 (NIV)
I believe the first part of this verse belongs to God’s activity. It is His job to decide whether He heals a person and allows him or her to stay down here or takes that person home to be with Him. I just noticed in this section of the verse what we think is a negative action is mentioned first.
In the second half, the negative again comes first. Yes, there is a time to tear down. Right across the street from our home sits a Community Garden spot. In March of 2014, the house that stood there caught fire and burned quite a while before anyone noticed it. As the weeks and months passed, it became an eyesore as the property owner went through the decision-making process about the future of the property. A neighbor lady finally received the property after she and her husband established a non-profit organization to oversee the grounds.
This neighbor worked on this project diligently. Last year, she faced serious illness and chose to run for elected office. The overabundance of rain last summer caused all gardens in the area, large and small to be ruined. This year, the community garden looks wonderful.
Our city has a program to raze old abandoned houses due to the danger they pose to the neighborhoods. Sometimes, a park will appear where a house once stood. Habitat for Humanity will receive empty lots and will work with certain families to construct new homes. These families cannot afford the cost of an expensive abode.
God has the last say in all the options we have. We had what was once a garage removed from our backyard. This one act opened up our yard to some very interesting possibilities. Part of the area has become a flowerbed. Hubby planted wild flower seeds to attract butterflies to our yard. We never know what God can do with what we have to do to improve a circumstance.