One Thought – A Devotional
God Is Not In A Hurry
22 January 2017
Barcelona’s renowned Sagrada Familia was always surrounded by controversy. English writer George Orwell described it as hideous. The famed late Spanish artist Dali said it was a terrifying and edible beauty. Art critic Rainer Zerbst said it was probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art.
Linda and I were in Barcelona in 2010. We spent two hours exploring its then partly completed rooftops and spires. We thought it was and we still think it is a wonderfully surreal and intensely personal architectural hymn to our LORD.
Sagrada Familia, or Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, has been under continuous construction since 1882. Its end is nowhere clearly in sight.
Its brilliant conceptual designer was the deeply devout Roman Catholic architect Antoni Gaudi. His vision was for the church to be built with only private donations from ordinary members of the public. He forsook funds from the government or large organizations to hasten the church’s completion.
His reason: “My client (God) is in no hurry.” Gaudi wanted it to be a house built by ordinary people for God. He did not care how long or unpredictable this would take.
In a curious way, Gaudi might have gotten it right. He must have had a deep sense of what God’s timing means.