It was such a perfect day. The sun was shining; the sand was warm.
We dug deep holes, trenches, and put up walls. We filled small, brightly colored, plastic buckets with sea water. We carved, pressed, shaped and molded wet sand. The finished structure was amazing. We laughed with delight as we looked with prideful joy at our magnificent sand castle!
We had built a safe place, outside of time, fortified against enemy attacks.
Such labor had value. It could not be left unguarded.
Sadly, we too soon discovered it could not withstand the rising tide and fierce waves that eventually brought it all down to nothing. It was just sand.
How much of life is spent building sand castles? Years of laboring to produce and acquire things that we grow to dearly treasure.Somewhere along the way these lifeless things come to life in that they own us.
We can’t imagine how life would be without them.The greater the value we place on things, the harder it is to let go of them.
The guarded fortress now becomes a stronghold.
This is about much more than physical items…..it’s really about our personal value system that directs how we live life.
How devastating to labor tirelessly, placing your hopes, building your life, and trusting in that which, in the end, is worthless. In a single moment, everything you thought was, no longer is.
It really was just sand.
Mt 7:24-27 “These words I (Jesus) speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words,
words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit – but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach.
When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” (The Message Bible)
Apparently, according to Jesus, there are 2 types of builders.
There is the smart one who hears instruction, acts on it, and builds the foundation of his house on Solid Rock (God’s Living Word – Jesus!)
The other builder is not so smart. He hears instruction but chooses not to act on it.
Instead, he builds his house on the sand.
The forecast of extreme weather patterns for our nation has already become evident.
Various states are experiencing torrential rains, flooding, and mud slides.
How much more are the spiritual storms coming upon us.
It’s probably a good time to clean out the roof gutters and check our foundation!