No Place Like Home: Day Nine

a firm foundation

By Lisa Bonnema

READ: Matthew 7:25, Psalm 91:14-16; Psalm 62:2

As I sat there frantically moving bins and sopping up water, I felt defeated. After 10 years, we had finally finished part of our basement and now it was flooded. Our entire backyard was like quicksand, and my husband was on his way home from work to dig trenches to pull the water away from our home. It was a temporary fix, but more rain was coming and we had to move fast.

Please make the rain stop,” I prayed. And I wasn’t just talking about the physical rain. In a matter of just a few days, we had unexpectedly and tragically lost our family pet, our daughter was in the midst of testing for some potentially serious health issues, and now our newly drywalled basement was full of water. It was a lot. Honestly, it felt like it was always a lot, and we just needed to catch our breath. 

But the forecast didn’t look good, so we dug trenches, we built berms, and we cleaned up all of the puddles in the basement. The rain kept coming, but we did our best and rested in the knowledge that the foundation of our home was strong and secure. Even if more water found its way into the basement, I reminded myself that no amount of rain was going to do any real damage. That’s when I felt the whisper in my heart: When the foundation is solid, it can withstand the rain.

The book of Matthew tells us the very same thing:

The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.” (Matthew 7:25)

Our home -- our family – has been built on the love of God, and for that reason, I realized we were going to be okay. I was mad and confused, but my first instinct was still to go to Him. I didn’t like what He was doing, but He was my focal point, the One I turned to with my anger and fear. No, I didn’t understand why there was so much rain, but I still loved Him and I knew that He promises to uphold those who turn their hearts toward Him. The author of Psalm 91 knew it too:

Because he has his heart set on me, I will deliver him;

I will protect him because he knows my name.

15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble.

I will rescue him and give him honor.

16 I will satisfy him with a long life

and show him my salvation.

(Psalm 91:14-16)

In these verses, the psalmist stresses the importance of having an intimate relationship with the Lord. The real essence of any home are the relationships within, not the physical structure. The same goes for our faith. Our relationship with the Lord is the foundation of our faith; it needs to be our foundation. When it is, we can find security, safety, and stability, especially in times of trouble. When we continually set our hearts on Him, He can be our point of reference through the wilderness, our footing on shaky ground, and our anchor in the storm. 

If we build our lives upon the Rock, we won’t be swept away with the rain. We will be upheld, we will find comfort, and we will be okay.

Scripture to Meditate

“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:2

Reflection Questions

1.    Has there been a time in your life when you clung to God for stability?

2.    In what ways are your home and your family built upon the Rock?

3.    What steps can you take to further strengthen your relationship with God today?

Prayer to Pray

Father, thank you for being a strong, stable force in my life. When life feels uncertain and the storm comes, help me to remember your promise to uphold and strengthen me. No matter what challenges life throws at me and my family, help me to trust in your provision and keep my focus on you and your unfailing love for us. Amen.

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