The Closet Shelves

Matthew 7:24-27

“Every one of them who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rains fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

Thought for the Day:  Build your house upon the Rock

“Ahhh!”, I heard as my husband realized that the wire shelves in his closet had fallen bringing most of his hanging clothes to the floor.  A little while later, my oldest son came in and said his closet shelves had fallen as well.  At that point, we went through the house and looked at the other closets to check the shelving.  As we looked we realized that all of the wire shelves were loose.  We had much frustration at first then we began looking for the cause of the problem.  As we ran our stud finder along the wall, we realized that either there was only one screw in the entire wall screwed into a stud or there were no screws connected into the crucial studs in the wall.  So, we are in the midst at this time of placing new screws, anchors, and support hardware in the closets where they will be stable.  After two closets have been updated with support, I believe if my child hung on the shelf it would not fall.  They are now strong.

As I woke this morning and remembered that my job today was to continue putting supports in the closets I thought about the children’s song, “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock”.  I remember visualizing the verses of this song when I was little and still do when I hear the song today.  I can visualize someone building a house on sand and the rains coming bringing the house down to the ground.  I can visualize someone building a house on a solid rock and the rains coming with the house standing firm.  Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that the rock is Him and that true wisdom comes from Him.  If we base our lives on God’s truth, then we will remain strong through the storms.  But, if we build our lives on worldly desires we fall when the storms come.  Our closet shelves fell when the weight was placed on them because they were placed in the closets with little or no support.  Our closet shelves now should remain firm because they have now been installed into the strong “rock”, or studs, in the wall.

Prayer:   Thank you, God, for being our “Rock” and for reminding us that following You will bring us the wisdom to stand firm in a storm.  Help us to always listen for Your wisdom and to avoid listening to the “wisdom” the world offers.  Be with us as we follow You.  Amen.

 

 

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