Luke 6:47-48

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them,
I will show you what he is like:
he is like a man building a house,
who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.
Luke 6:47-48
Several years ago, when my husband’s recovery from back surgery was nearly complete, we made a quick, midweek trip to Wisconsin to see our son. The weather was gorgeous, so while he was at work, we explored winding country roads we usually passed by in a hurry. We even investigated the “scenic overlook” mentioned on cryptic road signs ignored during other visits. We parked the car and followed the path, expecting to see a lovely valley complete with a sparkling river, and perhaps one of the large mounds scattered throughout southwest Wisconsin.

Instead, in the distance we could see the famous House on the Rock clinging to the side of a limestone cliff. I snapped several photos of this amazing feat of engineering that attracts thousands each year.  We hiked back to the car and hit the road again.

I kept thinking about the House on the Rock, and the day a few months earlier when my husband Hiram began to experience significant back pain. One day he was training for a half- marathon, and the next day the pain was so bad he could not walk. He spent two weeks in bed, followed the doctor’s orders and waited for the pain to ease. His back did not improve, so we returned to the doctor for tests, an eventual diagnosis, and finally successful back surgery.

In the weeks leading up to his diagnosis and surgery, we sat on the edge of our own personal cliff, peering into the unknown and asking God multiple questions–Why are you doing this? Will Hiram live with this pain the rest of his life? Will he be able to work again and be physically active? How will you bring good out of this?

The night before surgery, Hiram said, ‘I am ready for whatever the outcome is. Whatever happens, it will be good.’

He spoke those words as we stood on the edge of our family’s cliff. We were still peering into the unknown, just like our nation is doing now, as uncertainty about the pandemic continues. We can’t know the future, but we do know that the rock beneath our precariously placed feet is firm. Immovable. Unchanging. Ever present.

In this season of uncertainty, we can cling to the promises and goodness of God. This coronavirus cliff isn’t a fun place to visit, but a house built upon the Rock of Ages is always the best place to live.
Jolene Philo | Author 

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