Sunday, January 8, 2012

Firm Foundation

Yesterday Pop and I worked on the floor of our farm house.  We had a few squeaks and some loose nails and screws as well as some "toe stubbers" where the seams were uneven.  

We are preparing to put down a new floor in the house and as Pop says, "Every little thing in the sub floor will show up in some way in the new floor." So we set about pulling out old staples from previous floor coverings, hammering down loose nails, and screwing in loose screws...all in preparation for a new sub floor layer of thin pressed wood that will cover over the imperfections of the old floor and provide a smooth foundation for the new flooring. 

As usual, I began to ponder what I was learning in our physical world and how it relates to our spiritual world.  Just like sub floor in our old house, a firm foundation is crucial for us as we "build" our lives...every thing we think, believe, and act upon has to have some basis.  If our foundation is shaky or built on things that are untrue, anything we build on it will not last.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 says, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

Life at Four Sisters Farm (including the renovation of the farm house) has been full of spiritual lessons for me.  Learning those lessons along with all the hard-knock lessons that come with renovating an old house has somehow made the work more enjoyable. 
Some days are more enjoyable than others and some days it seems everything goes wrong, but as Pop and I sat and looked out the front window and imagined ourselves in our "new" living space, all seemed right with the world.  

Thank You, God!  Help us to put our hope in You who riches provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Help us to do good, to be generous, and willing to share what you have given us in and around Four Sisters Farm.  Thank You for the treasure of a firm foundation so that we may take hold of the life that is truly life!

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