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On the crossroad we travel to get to town someone decided to replace his standard metal mailbox with a very classy brick one, and built another about twenty feet down the road. They were a things of beauty, brick columns each holding a metal mailbox with only the door hanging out. Below the opening there was a formal looking plate with the box number below the opening for the mail, in two matching mailboxes.
The builders blocked over half the road near a bend when they were putting them up. The man laying the bricks put up a patio umbrella to work under, the other, I assume the owner of the second box, halfheartedly directed traffic around the work. One box was at the end of the driveway for an existing house. The other box was across from where they had laid out to be a driveway for a new home they hadnít even started yet. The mailboxes looked like something you would see in a big city in front of a mansion. This was a country road through farmlands.
Less than two weeks later one of the boxes had fallen over and broken into two major pieces with a few stray bricks scattered about. We had to pass by the wreck of the fancy mailbox several times in our daily lives, and I looked closely on the way past. It was as if the builder had simply arranged the bottom row of bricks directly on the ground. To build something like that you are supposed to dig below ground level and pour concrete then you lay the bricks on that foundation. The mailbox was ruined because it had no foundation. Perhaps the builder knew no better; perhaps he simply thought that step could be ignored for a simple mailbox. Either way without a foundation it did not have a leg to stand on, or in this case footer.
(Mat 7:24-27 NKJV) "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: (25) "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (26) "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: (27) "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
Our unwise friend wasnít prepared for the rain that came. What about you? Are you prepared? Are you standing on a firm foundation or shifting mud? Do you take your stand on the Lord Jesus or on something as insubstantial as sand? You know what will happen without a solid footing.
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I enjoyed this article. Good point made. Easy to follow. I liked the questions at the end which allowed and encouraged the reader to ponder and decide about the foundation of their own life. Delightful. Length was excellent also.