Words from the Heart for Saturday May 15th, 2021
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.
Matthew 7:26-27 (NIV)
On the Sand
Stretching approximately 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca, the Athabasca Sand Dunes is the largest active sand surface in Canada. With outstanding scenery, dunes as high as 30 meters and a unique ecosystem that’s rich in rare and endemic plants, scientists consider the dunes a puzzle. This park is accessible by float plane only and recommended for experienced wilderness users. As there are no onsite services located within the park, visitors must check with a conservation officer prior to visiting the area.
There is a place for sand. There is nothing as enjoyable on a summer afternoon than a sandy beach, and we wouldn’t have glass without it. It is useful in building – 60-80% of concrete is sand. So, while sand was essential in building your home, you should be grateful that it isn’t the foundation on which your house is built. Sand shifts easily with rain and wind, and a house built on sand would soon be in ruins. Jesus understood this, and builds a Kingdom of God principle with it in Matthew 7:26-27: “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.” The sand foundation Jesus is speaking about here is the wisdom of man – human philosophy that soon proves to be unstable and untrustworthy. Lives built on those philosophies will end with a life that crashes – if not in this life, certainly in the next. Only as we build our lives on Jesus will we stand secure.
These have been words from the heart.