Thursday: 6th December, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 7:21,24-27
Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Before a skyscraper goes up, a geological assessment is required to determine if the intended site has land strong enough to safely support the building. While this is being done, factors such as wind speed, potential rains and other natural events are accounted for to an extent, in a bid to ensure that a strong building that can withstand significant beating, is put up.
Without checking the weather, when asked if it will rain today, one may be unable to give a correct response. However, when asked if the wind will blow, one can definitely say yes because though unseen, the wind always blows. Therefore, it is difficult to come up with an argument to the effect that the characters described in the Gospel today proceeded to choose locations to build oblivious of the fact that rains will descend and the winds blow.
Those events are natural occurrences which are part of the fabric of our existence here on earth. However, although fully aware of some of the events likely to take place, the choice of locations on where to build, made by the two people mentioned, were very different- one on rock, and the other on sand. This hints at possible underlying issues influencing those decisions.
In a building, factors that influence decisions include: cost, labour and equipment. So today, there are some questions for us to think deeply about:
1.What unseen factors are influencing your decisions and your choices?
2.What is informing your decision to build on sand or rock even though you expect winds and rain? Society? Past experiences? Or future Expectations?
3. And to what extent should these influence your decisions?
Let’s ponder on these.