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It has been months since construction has started on a key building at our headquarters campus. My travels bring me up to Dallas on occasion and I look with expectation at the progress of the building that has captured center stage for Dallas Seminary promotional materials. Watching a key project take shape is fun to do and gives prayers something tangible to press on to new heights.
There were many of disappointing glances in the past. I do not know the engineering answer to those seemingly many visits when not progress was happening. Someone mentioned that the sandy ground required a lot of shoring up and foundation strengthening.
Apparently, the foundation construction was done precisely to give not only the inspectors new confidence but also all of the Seminary constituency certainty about the future. Now, whether earthquakes or storm or prophetic cataclysmic episode this building is built to withstand them all. That is a good place to be in a seminary world of Biblical prophecy.
A structure is in place. Progress is now something that we can all see. After months and months of planning, promoting and raising the funds to make this building happen, it is finally taking shape.
Foundations are understandable. So much is necessary to make a building last that is unseen. Most of us get that.
But, it is human to want to see something happening. Visual evidence makes the mind soar to greater heights of faith and belief. On the one hand we live by faith. On the other hand we live by sight.
Massive steel girders are connected and permanently locked into place. Soon the building will be weather tight and the functional part of the user-friendly parts of the building will be skillfully installed. Visually it will no longer be the appetite for a massive presence but then it will shift to quality aesthetics and brilliantly designed space.
The past is a testimony of God’s favor on this institution. This building is a promise that there is more yet to come. We are thrilled to be a part of that plan.
I am looking forward to walking in to this building. When the dedication service happens, I will make the pilgrimage north to Dallas from Houston. This will be HQ’s new digs and I among many am looking forward to seeing what God has provided. That will be a time to rejoice and celebrate God’s generosity and goodness.
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