I watched as the dirt we had placed around our house to protect our foundation slowly turned to a muddy mess. After a few days of constant rainfall, the neat piles of dirt were practically gone, replaced with clumps of dirt mixed with grass. Our foundation was now exposed. “It’s only dirt” my husband explained. “We can’t expect it to hold up to these rainstorms. Looks like we might need to invest in something sturdier, like mulch or gravel” he suggested.
He was right. Investing in something much more solid to protect our foundation would be better. And as we researched our options, I began to think about how this situation applied to my life.
Usually it’s not until we are faced with a storm that we realize just how vulnerable we are. We forget that our spiritual health depends on investing in those things that will protect us during the storms. For me, it was my time in prayer. I had failed to spend enough time just talking to God about my cares and letting Him guide me. So when I was eventually faced with a storm in my life, instead of being able to withstand the elements, my faith began to gradually deteriorate.
But I know I’m not alone when this happens. The bible shares countless of stories of great people of faith who encountered the same problem. And it is in those moments that the bible begins to speak directly to our hearts, encouraging us once again. Reminding us of our true purpose and why fighting for our faith is so important. The writer of Hebrews so eloquently puts it this way:
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
It is true. We do have better and lasting possessions awaiting us in heaven. They are much more important than what we can ever lose here on earth. Our time on this side of heaven is really short compared to eternity and when we have that mindset, it changes us and how we choose to respond to trials.
I’m not saying this is an easy process, but I am saying that this is worthy of all of our effort. Even if you don’t see it, your response has a huge impact and eternal value attached to it. And investing in your spiritual health is always a wise investment.
Thank you for showing us how our reactions and limited perspectives can lead to the slow and gradual destruction of our faith. While our wrong choices lead us to a place where we often miss out on the rich rewards that you have waiting for us in heaven, I am thankful for your mercy and for your Word. I am forever grateful that you come to my aid when I need to be encouraged to persevere. I pray God that you will help me to joyfully serve you with confidence knowing that you and you alone will restore me in due time.
In your precious Son’s name, I pray. Amen.Walking in Grace,