Life, like weather is unpredictable and while having goals, plans and strategies are valuable we are reminded that the winds of change can blow at any time. Jesus used the illustration of building our house on rock and not sand. The one who builds their house on the Word of God and the Spirit of Christ is the wise builder; The one who builds their house on their own wisdom and demand to live life on their terms is the foolish builder. The house that stands, the one built by the wise builder, is the one that has a firm foundation and can handle all the unpredictable weather. As we look ahead, let us also be living in the present, enjoying the weather we have and strengthening our foundation in preparation of the unpredictable.
I like to look at the weather on my phone for the upcoming week and see where it is trending. Is it getting warmer? Is there a chance of snow? How cold is it going to be when I walk the dog in the morning? But no matter how good the meteorologist are becoming they will still tell you that weather is “unpredictable.” They can forecast but not definitively predict. Winds, a change in temperature, direction of weather patterns, air masses, jet streams and fronts can all impact the actual weather. As long as things stay the same as it currently is the likelihood of getting the forecast correct is high. However, if one of these factors are altered or an unforeseen change occurs the whole forecast can be thrown off. It is not an exact science and you have to adjust to the changes no matter what the original prediction was. In other words, the only temperature that really matters is the one you are currently dealing with because it could change at any time.
As important as it is to plan and look ahead it is also important to remember that things can change…very quickly. Your life might be traveling on a path and trending in a certain way. And if everything remains as it should you ought to be going where you want to go and achieving what you want to achieve. You can look ahead five days or five weeks or five years and have a pretty clear picture. But, if things change, that picture can get pretty cloudy and where it is all going can get fairly uncertain.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matthew 7:24-29).
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
(Forever Young – Bob Dylan)
What do you think? How does it make you feel?