A Good Foundation

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I decided to go for a Sunday drive. Besides, the sun was shining and we felt it was about time to take our motorcycles out for a spin. Just to add to our adventure we planned on stopping to see some friends who were out checking fences near Capt Ayre Lake.

For those who may not know, the terrain near Capt Ayre is extremely sandy. The pavement went as far as the campground (we had a few kilometers to go beyond that). After the pavement, loose gravel! How tough could that be? We took our time, driving slow and it was a challenge but we made it.

Almost to our destination, we turned off the graveled road onto a back road. Sand! The first half wasn’t bad because it was kind of a clay-sand mix which gave the road a solid feel. However, the last kilometer was nothing but soft sand (at least six inches deep in places). We hesitated. “How tough could this be?” Well, one motorcycle out of two made it!

Yes, one motorcycle ended up on it’s side in the middle of the road (or should I say sand). Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and we learned a valuable lesson about the importance of foundation.

How important is foundation? Ladies who wear makeup will tell you that it is important to have a good foundation. Just so you know, I don’t really know anything about that. I do know a little about farm buildings though. I have seen a grain bin set up in a hurry, no foundation laid. Because the dirt was softer on one side (moisture was also a factor) the full bin began to lean ... look out! A huge mess to clean up was left behind after the crash.

Jesus talks about laying a good foundation. “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matt. 7:24-25).

As we consider Jesus’ teaching on the subject it is quite clear that our foundation will be tested at some point. This testing can take many forms but I believe that the most common element in our testing is summed up in one word, the word “loss”. Examples could include the loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of employment, or the loss of a close relationship. In any case, during these stormy experiences how you have constructed your life will be tested. A good foundation will make all the difference!

If you look closely at Jesus’ teaching, the foundation is obedience to His teaching. Knowing what Jesus taught is not a good foundation. Knowing AND doing what Jesus taught is.

After my wife and I got back to the pavement we were much more confident as we headed in the direction of home. No hesitation! What made the difference? We had found a good foundation. You can live your life with that kind of confidence too. It really is all about foundation.