Building on a Solid Foundation

When we moved to Texas in March 2015 it was the beginning of a record breaking spring for rain fall. I could go on and on about the weather because it seriously went on and on day after day. I had expected sun and heat and got rain and mud. Rejoicing over drought relief quickly turned to flood damage panic for the state. The creek in our backyard showed me what a true flash flood looked like swelling from a gentle shallow flow to a rage. Tornado warnings, hail, and torrent rains were as common as cornbread in Texas.

This biblical passage came to new life after surviving the Texas spring weather.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 

The key to surviving the storm is having a solid foundation.

Our realtor raised red flags over several homes based on poor gradation. I thought she was being over cautious. None of the houses have basements here and its hot most of the time, how big of a deal could rain be? But now I understand how the combination of the clay soil with the intensity of a storm can make for flash flood conditions right out your front door and threaten your home.

Understanding the condition of your foundation is crucial when house hunting. In the northern midwest we had basements but dealt with moisture. In Texas there are no basements but you have to water your foundation to prevent buckling from the hot and dry clay. My husband was like the wise man in the parable always looking for structural integrity. I live in the fool camp ignoring the bones of a house for the charm and superficial features.

Jesus needs to be the foundation and core that we build our lives on. If Jesus is not our Lord and Savior than the lives we build are like the fool building in the sand. A fool cares more about the exterior charms or relies on other support systems. Many people make the mistake of just dedicating a room in their life to Jesus and not making him the solid foundation of their life.

Foundational issues are not easily seen but are discovered by warning signs like sticky doors or a crack in the wall. These are secondary issues to the primary problem, the foundation is off.  The sooner you identify potential problems the easier it is to fix them. When you feel like your going to crack in life or you feel stuck you may need some maintenance. Return to Jesus, and make sure you are in line with Him, listen to his teaching through His word, the Bible, and obey by applying it to your life. 

When you move it can feel like life is crumbling around you. Jesus has used my moving in my life to shake down some of the superficial additions I keep erecting in my life. He gently reestablishes His position of cornerstone and rebuilds according to His blueprint for my life.

When things break or go wrong in a house it is frustrating but a foundational issue can be devastating. Do a home inspection today.

  • Is Jesus your life’s foundation as your personal Lord and Savior?
  • Are there additions to your life that you are building outside God’s blueprint for your life?
  • Are there any cracks in your life indicating a bigger issue at your foundation?
  • Can you thank Him for His security in the storms of your life?

Published by Jesse Prentiss

9 Moves through 5 states in 20 years. Unpacking what God is teaching me about how HOME is not where you live but what lives with in.

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