Low-road buildings

Psalm 57: Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by. I will call upon the Most High God, the God who maintains my cause.

A cool book called How Buildings Learn says that buildings seem to adapt to their uses over time. The author particularly sees such adaptation in “low-road buildings,” ones which are “low-rent, low-visibility, no-style, high-turnover” buildings. He says, “Most of the world’s work is done in low-road buildings…”

A great deal of the world’s spiritual work also takes place in “low-road buildings,” places where life feels rundown and drab. Countless psalms ask God for help in escaping enemies or some other “time of trouble.” When I struggle, I much more readily incline my heart toward God; I “call upon the Most High God, the God who maintains my cause.” I have never believed that God causes our troubles, but I do believe we see God more clearly when temporal dimensions of life lose their shine.

Almost every time I move from fear or suffering to joy, I vow that I will not neglect my relationship with God in times of prosperity. I promise to remember God and rely upon God in all conditions: joyful and challenging. I make such promises with good intentions.

But I also know that most of the world’s spiritual work is done in low-road buildings.

Psalm 56; Leviticus 16:1-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Copyright 2022 by Carol Mead.  For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please contact the author by email (thenewmead@yahoo.com).

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