Well, our string of nice weather came to an end last night. There we were sitting around what was going to be an amazing campfire. The wind picked up some, so we decided to put in the canopy. As we directed our attention to the canopy, a huge gust blew in and took Myra’s chair into the fire. Glasses, cell phone, Firestarter lighter, and chair was all in the fire pit. We jumped into action like gazelles. I grabbed the chair, Myra grabbed cell phone and glasses, and I went back for the lighter. Chancey asked if everyone is OK, not quite as gazelle-like, but still helpful. She was half in the camper and half out, since our primary directive was to draw in the canopy. As far as I know, there was no damage to anything.
The wind continued to blow strong. So, we decided it would be smart to put out the fire. Considering the high wind and looming rain storm, that was a good idea. After distinguishing the fire, a new problem arose. Our nice all-weather rugs started blowing around. So, since we couldn’t burn the wood, I decided it would make nice rug weights. I put a nice size piece of wood on each corner. I was confident they would serve their purpose (see picture).
I am happy to report it worked out perfectly. The next morning the rugs were in the very same place they had been laid. Well done logs, well done.
As I sat there watching the storm move in, I thought of an old Sunday School lesson I was taught as a child. It was the story of the solid ground vs. sandy ground, and the people who built on both. Here it is for you to read: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
The teachings of Jesus are solid. For some reason so many people choose to build their lives on the teaching of the world and when the struggles (storms) come up, they collapse. I personally know what its like to rely on others, yourself, and the world. It’s scary. In Matthew chapter 5 Jesus begins what is know as the “Sermon on the Mount”. It is literally the best teaching you could ever build your life on. I don’t have time to go through it today, however, my church family will be hearing about it this Summer
I am so glad that my life in built on the solid ground of Jesus’ teachings, I hope yours is. I am also, glad that our camper was on solid ground last night.