Treetop Adventures! Outfitted in a helmet and full-body harness, I cautiously confronted each challenge of this spine-tingling quest and was becoming more assured of my ability to successfully complete the obstacle course … until … there was a lull in the action. It was then I decided to test my skill at walking on a spinning log that was suspended at least 30 feet in the air. As I slipped, I instinctively grasped for the cable overhead, removing skin from my fingers, while lunging for the platform, gouging my right shin. My panic was painful!
If I could have stopped time, I would have remembered my harness was double belayed to the cable above me. There was no way for me to fall more than a few inches. I was completely safe, almost as if I were standing on solid rock, or at least a pine platform.
Zipping over to the spiritual side, how are we doing on our current obstacle course? Are we keeping our balance? Are we wildly seizing temporary solutions to permanent problems or have we chosen a firm foundation on which to build our life? Can our faith withstand the outside forces beating against us? And, are we grounded on the solid Rock, the Rock called Jesus?
Jesus taught, “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit – but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).
King David declared, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and … my salvation” (2 Samuel 22:2-3a). May this be our proclamation before the storm, during the storm, as well as after the storm. Let’s build our lives on the best foundation, the sold Rock, Jesus.