When Your Life is Hit by the Flood
Have you ever walked in the edge of the ocean when the waves are so strong you almost couldn’t stand? I marvel when I see photos and videos of surfers skimming along their boards in the midst of fifteen foot high tunnels of water. This admiration comes from circumstances of my childhood: both that I learned to swim later than most people I knew and I grew up visiting beaches known for carrying people away in the rip tide currents.
The waves are beautiful and they can carry the surfer along for a beautiful experience, but they are also powerful and can pound upon a swimmer until their strength is gone.
I imagine that power when I read Luke 6.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
The moral of the story has always been clear in the context of scripture: building my life around Jesus and my faith is going to give me stability while living a life based on what is easy or convenient can lead to utter destruction. What is easy to miss is God telling us when the flood came along, it could not shake the foundation of the home built upon the rock. Did you see that? The violent, earth-shattering floods will come.
There is no promise that money or health or career or family or any other aspect of our lives will be ‘fine’ as long as we have enough faith. If anyone is telling you that, they are not leading you in the truth of scripture.
As we spent over a year experiencing one major life change after another, it began to feel as though the waves had caught me in the white water. Others saw me experiencing one joyous occasion after another but I quickly became overwhelmed. So many times I wanted to scream, “Do you know what it feels like when your life is hit by the flood?” I had been pushed, pulled, and flipped around through so many changes that when the rip current caught me, I didn’t know how to break free. The lie we begin to believe is that no one else has experienced the flood. The truth of the passage is that all of us will.
Through the writing of Luke, God reminds us that our survival depends upon the foundation’s strength. Unlike a traditional home, we can strengthen our foundation at any time. We can spend time reading God’s Word. We can spend time intentionally worshiping God, no matter our circumstances. We can pray to share our troubles and our gratitude. King David did both beautifully throughout the Psalms.
As we enter this season of our lives, I am choosing to be intentional about that foundation. I am working on my physical, emotional, and personal goals with the focus I haven’t given them in a very long time. I can’t wait to share more of my walk with you here and would love to hear your stories of how your faith foundation helped you weather the storms of life. You can share them in the comments below.