Did you ever play in a sandbox when you were a small child? I remember a sandbox in kindergarten. It was a big square about 12 feet by 12 feet. For a small child it seemed enormous. My friends and I would stake out a part of the sandbox and build tunnels and structures. Our imaginations were the only limiting factor in what we could produce with a little sand and time. And then there were the sandbox bullies. They seemed to delight in destroying whatever anyone else in the sandbox created.
As my friends and I grew older the sandbox on the playground became a less attractive option for our creativity. We moved on, leaving the sandbox for the next class of kindergartners.
I have discovered as an adult, we all create our own sandboxes to play in. It could be the sandbox of family, work or a hobby. We know the rules in the sandbox. We often have friends that play in the sandbox with us. We can get lost in imagining how to do something better. We may create something that has not been done before. We may just enjoy the relationships that are developed in our sandbox. We must even contend with a few sandbox bullies who want to spoil our fun.
We invite you to come play in our sandbox of finding biblical solutions to our city problems. You will make new friends. You will be surprised by your creativity. Imagine doing what you were created to do and doing it well.
Yes, there will be a few sandbox bullies who will try to take away your joy. But as Ecclesiastes reminds us, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (4:12)
We are better together. If we can learn to play in the sandbox of biblical city transformation, there is no limit to the problems we can solve.
I am confident that if you come play in the 4Tucson sandbox, God has some wonderful surprises waiting for you.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
- (Ephesians 3:16-21 [NIV])