From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 6, 2011
Senior, Psychology Major, Spanish Minor
and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”- Matthew 7:26-27
I look at this reading beginning at the bottom and working my way to the top. The last line says, “And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” I feel devastation when I read this line. We all have days that we feel completely ruined and collapsed – days where we feel that we cannot go on. So what keeps us going? This question has many answers. The popular, yet just as important, responses may be family, friends, spouses, family pets, our job, the beauty of the Earth, etc. A more unique answer may be the little wonders/miracle encounters we have with people – even strangers - that keep us going. These experiences that we randomly encounter give us a boost of faith because these people are shining stars of faith – even in the most difficult and dark times. I had a moment like this last week. A few months ago, a wonderful person took me into her home and treated me like family. I ran into her last week and it was a miracle moment, her faith and love for humanity shined through as she stopped everything she was doing and came to give me a big hug and say hello. We may not know what will keep us from collapsing, but we must have faith that there will be something and keep our eyes and ears open and attentive so that we do not miss our miracle moments.
Continuing up the reading, we discover that the reason the house collapsed was because we had built the house on sand. Personally, in my head, I am thinking, “that seems silly to build a house on sand.” However, let us relate this to our spiritual life. I think many of us, possibly all of us, have made decisions where we have built our spiritual lives on “sand.” We had thought for sure that this “sand” was sturdy enough to keep us from falling. However, no matter how many times we look at sand, sand will never look nor be as sturdy as cement. We need to build our spiritual life through the foundation of Christ and the Lord. There may be other things that seem as sturdy as God or are seen as a good enough support system for now, but the cement is always available – so why not build on cement?
As we continue onward, we realize that some people do build their house on a more substantial substance – rock. The rock was always available; we just had not looked hard enough or made the accommodations to find it. Once we find the rock, our house is stable – we no longer will have the fear of it collapsing. It may have some moments where it sways, but we know that we chose to build on rock and that because of this it will stay stable. Some days it is hard to want to look for the rock. Sometimes it is hard to trust that the rock will always be there in our lives. The opportunity to build on the rock becomes possible if we simply listen to Jesus Christ. Christ will guide us; our house will not completely collapse – even in times of struggle. If we take the opportunity to listen, we will have the advantage of this guidance in our lives. We will never be alone if we take the time to listen, strengthen our faith, follow our guidance, and live in our non-collapsible home.
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