Resilient Foundations

Life Notes—March 3, 2011

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 

Several years ago we had a sunroom built onto the south side of our home. The contractor dug a trench, four feet deep and 18” wide, below what were to become the outside walls of the room, in order to pour the concrete foundation.  The foundation on which the room was to be built had to extend below the “frost line,” which in this part of the country is considered to be about three feet down.  The frost line is the point below which the ground is not expected to freeze, even in the coldest of winters.  It is important to have a foundation below the frost line to prevent it being heaved out of the ground, or shifted within the ground, as the freezing and thawing of winter and spring cause the ground and all within it to move.  If a foundation heaves, the house may fall.  For large buildings, foundations go much deeper than the frost line.  Large drills dig down to “bed-rock,” a relatively unchanging and solid shelf of rock, so the weight of the building is supported by concrete pillars standing on something even more solid and less likely to shift. 

In the passage above, Jesus tells the story of the wise man who built his house on rock.  A few verses later he contrasts that with a foolish man who built his house on sand.  When the winds and rains came the foolish man’s house fell, while the wise man’s house stood strong.  Of course, Jesus is alluding to the foundations of our lives.  What does it mean to have a deep, strong foundation?  Certainly, it means having a faith and a self-worth that goes deeper than the heaving—the difficulties and challenges—that occurs in the course of a lifetime.  We all know people without roots, or a deep enough foundation to stand strong against the storms of life.  We also know people who suffer heart-rending difficulty, yet remain strong.  Their foundations are deeply established on the Rock. 

People talk about the foundation laid for them by parents or other mentors.  Principles, values, faith and sense of worth stronger and more resilient than the ups and downs and ins and outs of our day-to-day existence—that makes a strong foundation for life.  We try to instill it in our children, foster it in our friends and family, and strengthen it through our church.  A life shaken to its core does not need to fall, if its foundation is strong. 

This Sunday Mitch is preaching downtown.  His sermon is “Will You Be My Rock?” based on Matthew 7:21-29.  Life worship is at 9:40 in Brady Hall and traditional worship in the sanctuary is at 8:30 and 11:00.  Tom is preaching at our west campus with “Mysteries of Faith: Believe Them, Or Not,” based on Matthew 17:1-9. Contemporary worship at the west campus is at 9:00 and 11:00. 

Come home to worship this Sunday.  And the rains came a-tumbling down…

Greg Hildenbrand, Life Music Coordinator

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