I don’t know about you, but when I think of “building blocks,” I picture a kingergarten classroom where special points of interest have been created around the room to capture the imagination of little ones just learning to see the world. Those shiny, smooth wooden blocks become everything from palaces to picnic tables to creative five-year olds. Maybe because I was raised in the “wonder years,” I also think about how Wonder Bread built your body 12 ways, or some such thing as it strived to let us think white bread actually did something good for us. I like the idea of building blocks, and yet for some of us, those blocks have all but splintered and fallen and like a house of cards, they are scattered everywhere. We’ve lost the fun of trying to build again and we’ve forgotten how to stretch our imaginations in ways that take ordinary things and make them extraordinary.
Perhaps what we’ve been building are blocks to our creativity and our possibility. Perhaps we’re building blocks of obstacles instead of creating blocks that will give us new perspective and opportunity. If so, God calls us again, in fact always, to keep removing those obstacles and to keep building on what He has given us. In case you haven’t noticed, God really is in the details and He knows exactly what you’re trying to build. He knows just where you want to go and He’s not slow to pitch in and help you get there. He’s waiting to see if you’ve put all your imagination into discovering the most brilliant answers. He wants to know if you’re finished building the blocks that get in the way of your dreams so that together you can construct a foundation for change. He’s right there with you because no matter how old you are, you’re still His child and He cares about the things you do. We may not be in kindergarten any more, but we have been given a world of spaces that invite us to come and play, to come and build something new that will make a difference. If your blocks keep falling over, or you keep making the same design, it may be time to break your old mold and start again.
Van Gogh said, “It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become a slave of your model.” In other words, break down the blocks you’ve been building the same way and getting those same results and be willing to start again. Play. Go all the way to nonsense. Dr. Suess inspired our imaginationns in a hundred different ways. He remarked, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Look at your set of blocks and see what you’re building. Is it time to paint them, restack them, get new ones, start again? God gave you everything you need to create infinite possibilities for your good and the good of others. Keep building. You’re almost there.