Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
This is an OLD picture. My Dad and brother are in a gondola in Venice in 1949. Yes, I am old enough to have been present, just too young to have been sitting up. How things have changed!
Mostly, I don’t like change. Do you? I get comfortable with surroundings, people, temperaments, and ‘stuff.’ But change is coming. We do not know what type of change – the when, where, and how of it- we just know it is coming.
Except for God, who is, alone, unchanging. He is a solid rock of stability upon which we need to build our lives. He is THE hope for surviving all of the changes we go through in life. And, when He is our foundation, we seem to handle all the changes – pleasant and unpleasant – much more calmly.
Changes. You can see from the photo that my Dad was an Army man. I was born in Trieste, Italy – which is relatively close to Venice. By the time I was 12, when my Dad died, I had lived in 4 different countries and 4 different states. We changed homes, schools, countries, friends, churches…on an average of every 1.5 years.
Losing my Dad was obviously a difficult change. It affected my life deeply, and some of the choices I made in my teen years were not as wise as they might have been had he been around. I realize that many of you might have grown up in ‘single parent households,’ and possibly have lost parents through either death or divorce. In either case, that particular change is devastating. Families do change.
But God is always present, always accessible, always loving. When we build our life on the Rock, no matter what change comes upon us, we can remain standing.
When I said, “My foot is slipping, “your love, O Lord, supported me.
I have to admit, sadly, that when my Dad died I did not turn to the Lord. I went the other way. But while I had turned my back upon Him, He had not given up on me. Decades later the Lord grabbed me through the death of my husband. As a relatively young widow (42), I hit bottom. My heart turned – melted is probably more truthful – and I returned to God much as did the prodigal son. I mention this as I know that some of you either were prodigals yourself, or you are going through the pain of trying to reach a prodigal child. Have hope and faith, it took the Lord 30 years in my case, but He is the “Hound of Heaven.”
This significant change– returning to the Lord, was the most joyous of my life. It showed me the positive proof of Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Change. God is aware of all changes that occur in your life, so seek Him. Seek to set your foot on that solid ground. Pray for those who have slipped away, knowing another change can well come around and reverse their path. Change is good, in terms of God’s eternal purposes.
Have you experienced change that has drawn you closer to the Lord? Please share with us.
Blessings my friends,