Can you remember making a house of cards? It’s quite simple at first as you lean two cards together, then another two and finally a bridge across the top. Each additional layer becomes more challenging as the additional weight that bears down upon the weak foundation makes the house vulnerable to collapse. Even the masters of construction know that their great towers of cards are susceptible to the slightest movement or breeze. And then the tower tumbles, we all laugh, and start to build again.
It’s a fun game but also a warning for how we build our real lives. I remember when Marcia and I built the addition and garage to our house. It seemed astonishing to put thousands of dollars of cement into the ground where it will never be seen. But of course, everyone knows a firm foundation must be laid or the whole building will crumble.
And so it is with our lives. We risk everything on the strength of the foundation on which we build. What is the foundation that supports your life? Some feel they can amass enough wealth to brace against the winds that come. Some rely on their intelligence or talents; others yet lean on their strength and health. And yet, one short phrase “you have cancer” or any number of calamities can knock that house of cards down with little effort. Maybe you built a strong foundation earlier in your life…are you still building on that same foundation?
The good news is that there is still time to make adjustments to our life building efforts.
Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.