May 23, 2013
The pictures of the tornado that ripped through Moore Oklahoma were frightening and unsettling to view. The video of one women standing amongst the rubble of her house and declaring, "It's all gone! It's all gone!" and she just kept repeating that phrase over and over again. It really is a humbling moment watching those pictures and realizing that all of the things that we strive to collect and possess can be gone in a moment—blown away.
In Matthew 7:25 Jesus tells a parable of two men, one who built his house on the sand and one who built upon the rock and he says, "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the Rock." That was not the case for the man who had built upon the sand—the scriptures describe his house as ultimately being blown away.
I am certain that if all I owned were to be wiped out in a blink of an eye, that I too would stand amongst the rubble in shock and stammering for words to describe my loss. But I pray that I would soon remember that we are ultimately not living for these temporary structures that we value, but are called to eternal things that will outlast the winds of this world.
May we establish ourselves and our family and our friends on the Rock that is Jesus Christ.