Breaking stuff is easy – really easy. I must have been in third or fourth grade when I broke a small wooden box I had made in school. It was nothing fancy, but it was fragile. It was meant to be a gift for my mom. It was small enough to fit in the palm of her hand, but big enough I thought, to hold her rings and necklaces.
"Handle it with care," my teacher said as we left that afternoon. Moments later, it was in pieces – far from its original design. Running to the bus, it slipped out of my hands and hit the concrete. It splintered into countless pieces. I'm pretty sure a few unholy words rolled out of my mouth as well. What took me months to build was broken in less than a minute.
Breaking stuff is easy– too easy, isn't it? Whether it's wooden boxes, glasses, windows, vases, or toys, we all know it takes far less time to break than to build.
The work of rebuilding can be even harder.
I love the story of Nehemiah. He was not dealing with broken glass or wooden boxes, but rather broken walls that once stood strong surrounding Jerusalem. Putting walls back together is one thing; putting people back together is quite another. If you have read the story of Nehemiah in the Old Testament, then you know the real task was not just rebuilding the walls it was rebuilding God's people.