A House Without Foundation

Shifting from foundation, Whittier

Shifting from foundation, Whittier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A House without Foundation

Everyone knows that a house with a faulty foundation is a house in serious trouble. In the midst of a storm or a trembling of the ground there is great danger to the house. It may shake violently. What was once a small crack may dramatically increase in size. The house may shift in one direction or another. Any of these occurrences means danger for the residents. The house is no longer safe.

Is it the fault of the wind or the tremor that the house is in peril? Or is it the fault of whatever made the foundation faulty to begin with? This is a question worth considering when we look at conflict within our lives and that within the church. Our human tendency is to shake our fist and curse the wind when the house falters. But the real issue at hand is what lead to the faulty foundation in the first place?

When we as individuals or we corporately as part of the church, turn away from Christ our foundation becomes weak and cracks. The tragedy is that most often this is insidious and we don’t even realize that it has happened. Those who can see the cracks in the foundation raise appeals for it to be fixed. Sadly, these are often ignored. No one wants to address the problems and issues which lead to the cracks forming in the first place. Fixing a foundation of a house is very difficult, expensive, and time consuming. It is easier to ignore the problem, hope that the weather will hold, or just deny that the cracks are serious enough to warrant fixing. This “head in the sand” approach does nothing to address the problems with the house and ignores the dangers to the residents. The risk, of course, is that the house will one day collapse and destroy the relationship or the institution. May we be humble enough and wise enough to acknowledge when our house has cracks in it’s foundation. May we earnestly seek the One who can repair all things and make them new again. Amen.

Life in Unexpected Places

Inexpensive brick and pavers path entry, backd...

Inexpensive brick and pavers path entry, backdoor, $1 dollar each (Home Depot), total cost $4, Seattle, Washington, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

Life in Unexpected Places

Have you ever noticed that no matter how tightly placed stone pavers are that somehow grass manages to spring up between the hardscape? I am certain this is never intended, but it happens as seed and water flow in after a rain. Grass begins to grow unobserved at first. Soon, the unwanted and unintentional grass shooting up with its’ greenness and vitality seems to have more life and function than the cold stone pavers.

This is indeed how Life is. Life in the Kingdom of God manages to grow and flourish almost in spite of us. We are unforgiving. We neglect the reading of Scripture. We avoid gathering with the saints. We misuse resources from God intended to help the Body of Christ and use them for other lesser things. Our hearts are much like cold stone pavers.

But somehow, by the grace and the hand of God, growing between these intentionally placed hard hearts, grows the occasional disciple who has managed to hear the voice of God in spite of everything. This one sees the unseen beyond this life of plenty, and knows that he can never be satisfied with merely the things of this world. He manages to grow and thrive as the grass between the stone pavers….

This lone life and voice is raised above and beyond the trained perfection of music played and sung by the majority present. From its unschooled tones erupts the perfect song of praise, hauntingly beautiful, precious in His sight. Here in the church of Laodicea amongst the stone cold pavers, Life Grows! Amen.