1 Cor. 3:5-15 2.12.23
Dan and I learned the absolute necessity of a strong foundation in a painful way. The home we bought in Hickory, North Carolina sat at the low point of our block. It sat on a lot where the builders had deposited trees that were cut down to build the homes and then covered them up with multiple feet of soil. Our home was built on top of the pile of buried trees in the 70’s. Over the decades, those trees decomposed, as any tree does. We were unaware of any of this…but when we were ready to sell that home, an inspector saw jacks in the crawl space which had previously been in place to stabilize parts of the house. If that was not enough to make us question how the inspector had missed them when we bought the house, apparently the house had shifted so much that some of the jacks had been knocked out of place. Of course, we had noticed that our living room tilted down, sloping away from the rest of the house. And we had seen a crack in a couple of walls of the brick home. We learned that our foundation was so unstable that at least 10 large pylons (very large, strong supports) were needed, pylons which had to be drilled down into the earth in order to stabilize the house. Several of the pylons had to go down 15 feet or more to reach solid rock, and the price was by the foot. The cost was overwhelming and took away any profit we might have made on the sale. The builder had not built our house upon the rock, but on unstable ground!
Perhaps you remember the parable Jesus tells in the gospel of Matthew about the importance of building a house on solid ground. That is what the wise person does. In contrast, the foolish person builds on unstable ground, or sand, and the house can not withstand rains and winds. Remember that a parable is a short story with a lesson to be learned. He was making it clear that we need a solid foundation if we are to expect that we will be able to withstand the torments which blow upon us in life.Continue reading “Jesus Christ the Foundation “