Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring

We were having exceptional thunderstorms! The first "boom" around 1 a.m. brought my youngest scampering into the bed between my husband and me. The second "boom" brought in my oldest daughter to sleep in the floor of my room the rest of the night. The winds blew. Sometime it felt like the house shuddering when the big thunder bolts hit near by.

It reminded me of a children's song, you may have heard. It tells how the wise man built his house upon the rock, the foolish man built his house upon the sand, the rains came down and the floods came up, and the house on the rock stood firm, but the house on the sand went CRASH! I’ve heard this song many times, and realized the metaphor.

The house represents your life. The rock is Jesus Christ. The sand is the “world,” or building your life around things such as money, success, status, or even your kids or family. The rains and floods are the problems in life. If you look at the song, you will see both the wise man and the foolish man experience the rains and the floods. Having your house built on the rock, or your life built around Jesus does not mean you won’t have problems and trouble. The difference, simply put, is whether or not you stand firm or go “crash.”

This children's song is based on a Bible verse. Jesus says in Matthew 7:24-27,
“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. 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 a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV)
Knowing that Jesus said it (and not some children's song writer) makes me ask myself: “Is my home built on the Rock?” When the storms of life come in, am I going to be able to stand firm, or will I crash? Whether in the huge or smaller struggles, I’ve found that a relationship with Jesus can make the difference in every aspect of my life.

So how about you? Are you ready for the rain?

Kelly

7 comments:

christschild said...

I love this song...I remember singing it when I was a kid. I too want Jesus to always be my foundation. I know that I cannot do things on my own...He is with me every step of the way. I want to live my life for Him. Thank you for this post.
Blessings,
Elizabeth

Edie said...

Standing firm! Great analogy Kelly!

Rachel said...

AMEN!!

great analogy. I'm blessed to hve found your blog. :)

KrippledWarrior said...

Without Christ, there is no hope of anything good.

Heart2Heart said...

Kelly,

Great post and one for us all to really think about when we take a hard look at our life. We need God, and when we choose to think we can handle life on our own, is when those storms come and wash us back to the feet of God to try again.

Here's hoping we learn our lessons the first time.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Warren Baldwin said...

A children's song with an adult message - and one to be daily reminded of. Good post.

Nezzy said...

...But the house on the rock stood firm! I stand upon that rock and hang on tight through ever storm. Literally...I'm scared out of my bajeebers through bad storms. I went through a tornado when I was five and well...what can I say. I have even been found remindin' God that He can calm the storm. Really, I'm bold like that! Great post sweetie.

Have a beautiful day filled with sunshiny blessings!!!