Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1 (NASB)
I loved my life. I can recall several times actually having that thought – I LOVE my life. I had a husband, Ray, whom I loved with all my heart and who loved me. I had a beautiful, healthy son. We had a house and a dog. We had extended family close by. We had friends. We were financially secure. We were active in church and spiritually strong.
And one event…one event outside of our control occurred, and the house of cards fell. Ray was diagnosed with cancer. Three months later, he was gone….
I had to rebuild. This time not out of cards but out of gold, silver, and precious stones.
(1 Cor.3:10-15) One brick at a time must be picked up, considered, and purposefully placed. But I am not alone. I have the Master Carpenter and the Creator of the universe as my Contractor. This time nothing will be able to knock down my house. It will be built on the solid Rock and it will stand forever. At first, it was a very small place…only big enough for me and Jesus. But He is enlarging it to encompass as many as will come along. As I learned with the construction of my physical house, it goes in stages. Some are fast and fun, with beautiful results that all can see. Some are slow, meticulous, and aggravating, with results that only the Carpenter and I can see. Those stages are the most important, however, for they hold all the other parts together. The Carpenter is skilled, the materials are here, the only delays are the ones I cause. This time I will not labor in vain. I will build my house on the Rock, and when the winds come, it shall not fall.