Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His path.
If you build it, he will come.
~Field of Dreams
I like baseball. It’s fun, it’s all-American, it’s a common language that everyone can understand. But it’s only half of what the film Field of Dreams is about.
For anyone who hasn’t seen this film, it is the story of a man who builds a baseball diamond in the middle of a remote field because he is sure that if he does, the ghosts of the baseball greats will come out of the field and play on it. Some may say it’s the story of a crazy person, but I say it’s the story of a man of great faith. Noah-like faith. “If you build it, he will come,” he hears a voice say, referring to the infamous Shoeless Joe Jackson. He tears up his own corn field, his livelihood, to build Shoeless Joe’s diamond. Just as Noah dropped everything when God said, “If you build it, I will save you” and built his giant ark.
Every day in our lives, God is speaking to us as well. He says, “If you build it, I will come.” What, you may ask, is God asking us to build?
God calls each and every one of us to build him a temple. To create a place of worship for Him, a home where he can dwell. Like Noah’s, this may feel like a big task. Build God a house? With what supplies? Where? To what specifications? And how will I know that I have done well?
God, however, has provided you with all of the supplies you will ever need. He has given you the shell of your temple and His specifications are laced with His Love. This is because your temple is to be your own self. God has created you, and wants desperately to dwell within you. But He can only be a part of us if we work, day after day, to make a temple of our bodies and of our lives, building His place in our hearts, brick by brick, with every choice we make.
God loves each of us very deeply, and he wants for us to succeed in creating a home for Him in ourselves. It is still a daunting task, but God takes us by the hand and guides us at every turn. He wants us to make good decisions about our physical well-being, our mental health, our behaviors, the way we treat the people around us. God, in His great love for His creation, has given us the ability to make all of these choices for ourselves. But, like any parent, He wants us each to become a shining example of our best selves, but He understands that we are human and mistakes are made, and He patiently waits for us to pick ourselves back up and make a renewed effort.
God is ever eager to live in us. He awaits the temple in your heart and is constantly vigilant to help us in our efforts to make a perfect place for Him.
If you build it, He will come.