24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” - Matthew 7:24-27
A home is only as safe, valuable, and comforting as its foundation. Just like a marriage, a friendship, a job, or a dream. A foundation is the core, the center, the real stuff that you have to trust and lean on when the winds and rains of life hit.
I grew up in Eastern NC and a downside to that part of the state is hurricane season. I remember growing up I knew of these hurricanes well. I remember looking out the windows and seeing the whipping rains and stirring winds, and being completely awed by them, but never afraid of the storms, not even once. My sweet dad would always say, “There is no need to worry, our house is strong and on a hill. The water can’t hurt us.”
Our house is strong and on a hill.
The water can’t hurt us.
Those kind and comforting words put my childlike mind at ease instantaneously. I never doubted that my dad was right and we were safe. I knew we were safe because our foundation was secure. It was unfaltering. My parents built their home and fully trusted it, and as a child, I clung to their trust and made it my own.
When I read this passage in Matthew, it brings me back to being a little girl resting easy in the security of my father and our home. I long for my life to be built with the same security as my childhood home. When I face hopelessness, let my solid home provide a room full of hope. When hit with sorrow, let me walk into my room of boundless joy. When overwhelmed with weariness, let me step into a room of rest and peace. Let us seek to build our lives on the solid foundation of truth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we fix our eyes, minds, and hearts on you right now. We want to build our lives with and for you. You are the center and core of who we are and want to be. Thank you for being the solid rock upon which we can stand and believe. Holy Spirit, we invite you into every room in this home we are building, this life we are curating. Be our foundation. Be our heartbeat. Be our first and last, and in between. We trust in you, no matter what storms we face. This home and life are built on you and you alone. With joy and hope we pray, Amen.
Devotional by Annaliese Thornton