By Jodi Weaver in memory of all her babies in Heaven
Recently I was reading a book to JoAnna, which was based on the parable of the builders. As I was reading it to her, I thought about what Jesus was trying to teach through this parable.
“Therefore everyone who hears theses words of mine and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like the foolish man who built his house on sand. The rains came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-26 (NIV)
The house that is being built at first glance seems pretty obvious. Some take it literally and believe He is talking about an actual house, but for most of us we understand that it stands for our life. After a recent Glory Babies meeting, I began to think about this again and I understood more fully that He wasn’t just meaning our life in a visual way. He was meaning our FAITH. What is on the inside of us, what we believe and what we lean on in times of trouble. So often we go through life thinking that we have a strong foundation of faith and then the “rains fall and the floods come” and we see exactly what our faith is made of.
If our “house” is built on sand it could mean that we have never known Jesus as our Savior. Maybe we have gone to church all our lives and have the belief that just because our parents are Christians, that it makes us a Christian too. We have never had an intimate relationship with Him and we do not understand what He can do for us. The comfort we could receive from the Holy Spirit within us, is absent and we feel all alone and totally abandoned. Or, it could mean that we know we are Christians, we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior and know that we will spend eternity in Heaven. But we don’t spend any time with Him in prayer or Bible study. We go through our days taking our salvation for granted. When trials come our way, we don’t know what to do and our foundation crumbles around our feet. We don’t know how to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice and therefore we can’t lean on Him for comfort. We become angry at God and at the world. Some turn away from God completely and their bitterness infects all parts of their life. We seek answers in places that are no help for us. Some turn to alcohol or drugs in hopes that it will ease their pain. Only to find that the pain is still there and the “solution” only numbed it for a while. Our foundation continues to crumble and fall, until it is a pile of rubble around our feet.
If our “house” is built on the rock, then it is built on prayer, Bible study and true worship. It is built on the solid Rock of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When the storms and trials come into our life, we turn to Him as our anchor to help us hold fast during the storm. The winds blow and beat against our foundation of faith and because it is built on Jesus, it stands firm and does not crumble. Because of our salvation, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and because of our intimate relationship with Jesus, through our prayers and Bible study, we know how to listen to the Spirit’s voice as it comforts us. We know that we can lean on Him and He will ease the pain within us. The pain will not be eliminated (just as it can’t with drugs or alcohol), but it will be lessened and made bearable for longer and longer periods of time. We understand that the only true healing comes through Him.
Of course, for us the storm of life that we are experiencing is the loss of our precious babies. I can remember so vividly the comfort that I received from God in the midst of my loss. I had a co-worker tell me, “Mrs. Jodi, you are the strongest woman I have ever met.” And my response to him was, “No, I am not strong. I am very weak, but my God is strong and through Him I can be strong.” I could not have had that strength if my “house” was not built on the Rock of Jesus. What is your “house” built on? Do you have a foundation that is built on the Rock? Or is your foundation on sand? Will your faith stand the test that God has put before you? Will you take the challenge He has given you and allow the death of your baby to be used by Him? Or will you let your foundation crumble and fall at your feet? I pray that you will look to Jesus and if your foundation is weak….shore it up with His word, with prayer and truly worship Him as your Lord and Savior.