The right foundations

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is built directly upon the fault zone of the San Andreas fault, which is one of the most unstable parts of the seemingly fixed earth's crust.

The bridge is built to sway some twenty feet at the centre of its one mile suspension span. The secret to its durability is its flexibility that enables this movement. But, that is not all: by design, every part of the bridge -- its concrete roadway, its steel railings, its cross beams -- is linked from one welded joint to the other, up through the vast cable system to two great towers and two great land anchor piers. The towers bear most of the weight, and they are deeply imbedded into the rock foundation beneath the sea. In other words, the bridge is totally tied to its foundation. Its "secret" lies in the apparent contradiction of high flexibility and a secure and deep foundation.

How flexible and well founded are you today? Do you know the stability of loving relationships, close friends, a supportive family?

Jesus told a story about foundations: in an era of runaway and seemingly unaffordable house prices, perhaps we might take more note than usual. The story concerned two men who both built a house; the problem was that one built on solid ground, the other built on sand. Inevitably when the storms came, only one house stood up to the blast - that on the rock.

Physically and personally, as well as spiritually, we live in an unstable world. When the storms come to our lives - and come they will - what foundation do we stand on? Ourselves our experience, our nerves or emotions? Does the savage replace the civilised? Or, do we turn to God?  If our foundations are built on Him, then whatever life throws at us, we will be able to stand up to it and believe it or not, grow through it.

John 14:1, 2  "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

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