Why We Haven’t Crumbled
On our most recent vacation, the toughest hike we did was on Mount Tallac which was near Lake Tahoe. This particular hike had amazing views, but proved to very strenuous. Part of the reason why was due to all the rocks. Hiking on rocks can be difficult in of itself, but hiking on smaller pieces of rock proves to be very hard because unlike a boulder, you can’t get any traction. There were several portions of the hike that were filled with these tiny rocks and we were slipping and sliding, unable to maintain our balance and rolling our ankles at times.
I was so clearly reminded while we were hiking of what a difference it is to stand on solid ground versus shaky ground. It made me think of Matthew 7:24-27 which says, “Everyone who hears my teaching and applies it to his life can be compared to a wise man who built his house on an unshakable foundation. When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation. But everyone who hears my teaching and does not apply it to his life can be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand. When it rained and rained and the flood came, with wind and waves beating upon his house, it collapsed and was swept away.”
Did you read that? The person who builds his house on unshakable foundation, Christ, will stand firm, even when the storms of life come. But the person who doesn’t build their house on the solid foundation of Christ? They will collapse, crumble and be swept away. Much like the rocks we hiked on, when you haven’t built your life on solid ground, every step will be met with loose footing and leave you tossed to and fro. I can share from experience that step after step causes major weariness and once you hike on shaky ground for miles? You will be left miserable, feeling frustrated with every step and unmotivated to move forward.
But when you build your foundation on Christ? No matter how much time goes by or what storm you face, you will remain unshakable. In the natural realm, there are two obvious things that can prove the foundation of a house and those are the length of time the house has existed and the storms that the house has faced. Your life is no different and the time length that you are waiting on something and the storms you face also will dictate how solid your foundation is. If you have built your foundation on this world, then every month that goes by or every storm that comes your way, will leave you crumbling. It will leave you weak. It will leave you broken.
And just as in the verse above states, the opposite holds true and is the very reason we haven’t crumbled after facing infertility for 6 years, the loss of 2 close family members or cancer. So when people ask us why we haven’t crumbled the answer is because we are standing on the solid ground. And when people ask how we keep the hope from month to month the answer is because we have built our hope on Christ. And when people ask how our marriage is stronger today than it was 1 year ago or 6 years ago the answer is because we have made Christ our solid rock.
Colby and I haven’t crumbled with what we have faced because we have made Christ our solid foundation. The storms have come, the time has passed, but we continue to choose to stand on solid ground, because all other ground is sinking sand. The world will leave you crumbling. The doctors will leave you feeling tossed to and fro. The negative pregnancy test will leave you collapsing. But when you place your hope and trust in Jesus Christ? You will be able to weather any storm and despite how long it lasts, you too, won’t crumble.
You might be familiar with the hymn, “My hope is built on nothing less,” but if not, I want to leave you with a few lines:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand
What are you going to choose to build your foundation on?