A Solid Foundation25/09/20
On 13 April 2019, rescuers were called out to help 2 horses that had become stuck in sinking sand at Leasowe Bay on the Wirral. One of the horses managed to free himself, but the other, named Bobby, was well and truly stuck. The more he struggled, the more stuck he became. Fortunately rescuers came and after a long delicate operation were able to return the horse to safety.
Sometimes we can feel we too are stuck in sinking sand.
Emotionally, we can listen to the news or even look at our own circumstances and feel out of control.
The more we struggle, the more desperate we feel.
Jesus was an amazing story-teller and would tell stories (called parables) to illustrate wonderful truths.
In Matthew chapter 7 verses 24-29 in the Bible, he tells us this:
‘If anyone hears my words and puts them into practice, he is like a wise man built who built house on the rock. The rain and the floods came and the wind blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, for it was established on the rock. But anyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his life upon the sand. The rain and the floods came and the wind blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was that fall.’
Please note: Storms will come (metaphorically speaking). Things can get difficult and we struggle. With sinking sand, if an excessive amount of water flows through sand, it forces the sand particles apart. This separation of particles causes the ground to loosen, and any weight on the sand will begin to sink through it. The ground therefore is very unstable and dangerous.
Life too can sometimes feel unstable and dangerous. We long for security and things that we can rely upon. Yet what in life is certain? Indeed everything that we have ever built out lives upon, our health, our jobs, our relationships etc. can at times seem unstable, like sinking sand. The good news is that Jesus, our Rescuer, encourages us in this parable to build our lives on the very foundation of God our Rock, the only certain One who is our protection, our strength and from whom we find hope, joy and safety both in this life and the next.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear…”
Psalm chapter 46 verses 1-2, The Bible
If you would like a free bible of your own to discover more of these wonderful truths, just ask in the School Chapel.