Saturday, May 17, 2014


With the high and mighty, always a little patience.
The date in the photo is wrong as I didn't care to reset the date after putting new batteries in the camera.
It might be hard to recognize what is in view in the picture-the metal rod still pointing up in the air is a clue.
Here's another angle:
Yup. An old garage with the roof caved in. 80 some years old; actually two garages combined into one, not that any of that matters anymore.
So, you may ask...what happened? Nothing special. Too much snow and not enough shoveling of the roof. As in, none.
Four years ago I was leaving, moving into my own house; as one of my final acts at the old property I reinforced the sagging tresses and covered a hole in the garage roof.
That hole was something. When we moved to the property in 1962 my Dad built a wood stove in the basement of the house. He used rough cement to hold in place large rocks around a steel barrel, and for decades we heated the house with wood from our own land, using a tractor when there was no snow and pulling a sled when there was.
But time gets on and eventually the wood stove was usurped by fuel oil heat, which was just as well as my Dad was no longer young enough to be out cutting wood all Summer.
He did have enough strength left to break that steel barrel out of its rock and concrete overcoat, and he moved the barrel stove to the garage where he would sit and think thoughts.
The stove rusted away, as did my Dad and the stovepipe, and I covered the hole where it had been.
So why, Doug? Why this revisiting of something gone?
With the high and mighty, always a little patience. 
God will humble whom He will as He Wills.
Jesus talked about the foolish man who built a house on sand, and it's fall was inevitable.
He also mentioned building on a strong foundation, and there is no stronger foundation possible than faith in Jesus Christ.
But here's the thing. We are all imperfect builders, and even with a strong foundation, if we build poorly, live poorly, our imperfect structures-that is, our lives-can fail and fall and cave in which is another way of saying that He humbles whom He will as He Wills.
We aren't building for eternity on this side of the grave because, no matter how great our efforts, how fine our is all filthy rags compared to the perfection God has waiting for us.
But please, build well. Please, for your own sake and for the sake of those you love, build your best. Shovel your roof when necessary, which is to say, as you are built on the foundation of Christ, maintain your residence, keep up with the upkeep, build and live well.
Well, and not high. A humble abode, a tent by a river or just enough house to be comfortable on this side of eternity is enough. Your mansion is waiting, so you don't need a mansion now. 
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up. 

1 comment:

Doug said...

Back a lifetime ago I heard a song performed by a Christian artist who visited our Coffeehouse ministry.
"See This House" is about a man, so proud and secure in the life he was living...until his life was destroyed because his foundation was on sand.
It took the humbling of his life being a shambles before he was willing to seek God's forgiveness and be saved.
Now, according to the song, his house is built on Christ, and all is well.

The point of my post, if a bit hard to fathom, is that even though
Christians have Christ as the foundation of our lives, we need to live well, 'working out our salvation with fear (respect) and trembling (humility)'.
It is possible for a Christian to so mess up his or her life that it looks like a caved in garage...but God loves us too much to allow us to continue screwing up, getting all high and mighty.
Humbling us is God at His most loving. Wrap your brain around that.