Does it always have to get worse before it gets better?

Written by Tina

February 26, 2016

These past few weeks have been so busy!  Believe me I don’t believe busy is a bad thing, it is good.  This means things are happening here in Gembu!

This picture shows you part of our compound where we are clearing trees to build (squee!) our maternity and surgery building.  This was a beautiful area, beautiful towering eucalyptus trees, ferns, sisal.  I loved it there and have taken many pictures in that area.

Have you ever noticed how progress or growth is often messy?  I have!  Remodeling, building, moving to a new location – chaos seemingly.  I used to wonder at different stages in our life if we would ever achieve the project we were working on because I just couldn’t see the end product.  God knew what He was doing when He allowed me to marry a man who CAN see the end product.  For over a year now Dan has been telling me where and how these spaces are going to look on our compound here in Gembu, because he can see them.  When he looks out over our trees and grounds he SEES buildings.  My brain does not comprehend this AT ALL, but after over 30 years of being married to this man, I trust him and know that if he says it’s going to be good, it’s going to be good!

Because I dislike change of any sort, remember I am the girl who never moves furniture, changes paint color, re-arranges anything, because I like it the way it is.  In my own power I would be living in the same house, with the same job, with the same friends, the life I knew and loved.  The safe life.  I just have a hard time seeing change!You know with building, really you need to have a blueprint or some sort of a plan.  SOMEONE needs to be able to visualize the end product to get you through the mess!

Do you feel as if your life is a little messy right now?  Are you trying to help messy people in this journey here on Earth?  Friends, life is messy and I hate to say it but ministry is even messier!   We are all broken people in a broken World.

My point for today is this:  Remember God sees the big picture.  He knows where we are going, He knows that right now there is a mess,  He is building something better, something beautiful in us.  Don’t get stuck in the mess!


  1. Kim Raycraft

    Chaos is allowed to take our focus off our Jesus. He is right with us, holding our hand. He wants our attention at all times. Let’s try to remember what Tina has discovered, he sees the beginning and the end. He knows the right way. One day at a time. I am so impressed with the work you have accomplished already. I hope I am blessed to see the new buildings and to visit the precious lives within.

  2. tina gibbs

    Thanks so much, Kim! It is amazing to join Him in His work here! xoxo


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