The Grand Sweep of Scripture has now brought us from an uncertain exile in Babylon to a rebuilding of the rubble city of Jerusalem. (by the way - off topic - [sorry] - check out Rubble Nation by Paul Jeffrey to learn about Haiti today and tomorrow). Ok, back to Jerusalem!
Ezra was the adventure guide for the first group to make their way from captivity in Babylon to return to their homeland in Judah. They found that the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed, the temple was ash and rubble, and the city barely breathing from the 587 beating. Nehemiah followed with a second group and a leadership plan.
Nehemiah's plan was simple. Set a vision, motivate the people, mix some mortar, and lay a few tons of stone as quickly as possible. All this while fighting off the opposition. No problem!
52 days later a dedicated group of people stood back and looked at the walls. They must have walked from corner to corner so they could view the next section. They admired the gates and gave thanks for the various people who worked on each section. It only took 52 days to make it happen.
52 days from today would be Saturday July 28, 2012. I am going to mark that date on my calendar so I can look back and see what God has accomplished at each corner. Open the gates, gather the people, everyone get a trowel, prepare for the potential of the Spirit, and let God set the plumb line for success.