A Firm Place
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. Matthew 7:24-25 (NRSV)
Chris Mewhirter is from Nebraska. Years ago his wife and Chris received an ornamental wrought-iron and wooden bench as a gift. They placed it outside in a spot that was good for people-watching or personal reflection. But over the years, they forgot about the bench until it was time to move. They moved it three times to new homes where it would sit out in the elements, and slowly it fell into disrepair. The wooden parts began to rot, and some of the nuts and bolts fell out; but the wrought iron was still strong. One day Chris and his wife decided to refurbish the bench. When they finished, it looked almost new and made their entire yard look better!
Now Chris thinks how that bench reflects his journey of faith. As a child he started out with a sturdy love of God. As he grew up, he went down another path, thinking that what the world thought was acceptable had to be right. His sturdy love of God fell into disrepair. Fortunately he still had his wrought-iron frame of growing up in a home where God, church, and family were important. This has allowed him to begin the repair of his faith - to become more obedient to God, his family, and his church. His faith is now a firm place where he can rest and know the love of God.
Sometimes it is easy to wander off the path, but it is never too late to find your way back, if you turn to God for His guidance.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the sturdy framework of faith and Christian community that shapes our lives and assist us to get back on track when we stray off the path, in Jesus' name, amen.