Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sometimes You Gotta Fix the Foundation
On closer inspection, Randy discovered something that we were not expecting. The front wall was actually in far worse shape then the back wall. The bottom base boards were supporting nothing at all! The wood was literally crumbling into sawdust! The only thing holding the building up was the center support beam that dad had installed years ago. That's why it had shifted, that's why the back wall was sinking. So the jacks came out and the front wall weight was placed on them and then the cutting began to remove the dry rotted wood. New lumber was cut up and new support beams were placed under the wall to give it a stable foundation. The back wall foundation will be replaced later on once the building settles on to it's new foundation on the front wall. It's a process that will take some time but in the end, the building will be just as sturdy as it used to be!
Here comes the parallel to life, my little "ah ha" moment! Sometimes the foundation which was sound in the first place, ends up crushing under the weight of the building put upon it and there comes a point when you have to rebuild in order to stabilize the entire building.
Dad had told us, we had full warning. I was reminded of this when I was reading about Jonah this morning. Now Jonah is an interesting story. He was, to put it mildly, a reluctant prophet. Being asked to go to pagan Nineveh to warn them of their impending doom was not high on his priority list! Let em burn! Let em fall! What's the harm? So he took a boat heading in the opposite direction and well, you know the story, storm comes up, sailors have to throw him overboard in order to save their ship, he's swallowed by a whale and then a few days later he is spit up on the shore just outside of Nineveh! It's not optional, he's going to deliver the message!
To Jonah's shock and dismay, people actually listen! They repent! God changes his mind and doesn't destroy them! How is that fair??? They had it coming! Seriously, God, seriously??? Jonah, the reluctant prophet was rather a sore winner. God's vision and victory was far different from Jonah's victory and vision. Nineveh was able to start rebuilding the foundation before it was too late! God works in wonderful and mysterious ways!
I can relate to Jonah and his reluctance. I was very hesitant about starting this blog because quite frankly I knew there were times when I would have to say something that wasn't going to be popular! I was going to have to say things that were hard and uncomfortable but needed to be said whether I liked it or not! I'm not a minister or a minister in training or someone in leadership, I'm just plain ole me! But I knew that it was important for someone like me to not only sound a warning but to make sure that a message of hope was being conveyed. My confirmation that I am doing what God asks of me is confirmed when I read other blog posts and news reports and see that they are hitting on the same topics that I am, unbeknownst to me! I post my blog then I go and read other bloggers and I go "oh my gosh, they're talking about the same exact thing!" God is trying to get a message out and he will use whomever and whatever means necessary to get the point across! That is awesome! For my part, it's a big responsibility to make sure I get it right!
So what is the point being made today? Our country had a good foundation. The United Methodist Church had a good foundation. Sometimes though the weight of the system presses down so hard that the foundation starts to crumble. The goodness still exists, we just have to stabilize and reclaim the soundness! It's time to start rebuilding the foundation.