Preparing Through Parable: The Rain Came Down

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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.
~Matthew 7: 24-27

 

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Our house is built on sandstone, on a rise on the farm.  It is strong and solid, warm and cozy.  We don’t worry about rising waters from the perpetual rains this time of year.

But the barns are built on lower ground where the waters come in torrents down the hill in fierce storms and fill the floors and cause chaos.  Add in the winter winds, and we worry about whether the structures and their inhabitants can survive another season.

The wise man who built the barns on solid rock knew there would be hard times on that low ground yet his buildings have remained standing for decades despite the storms and threats.  We too stay standing on the Word, even when tossed to and fro, though stuck in the mud and muck of life.

May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand.  He prepares me with parable.

 

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One thought on “Preparing Through Parable: The Rain Came Down

  1. Thank you. Wonderful, and very timely, dear Emily. Your choice of Mt. 7:24-27 is perfect. Yes, our ‘house,’ too is built on a solid foundation: our soul wherein our Creator-God’s Presence protects and guides us. It is when we ignore or deny the reality of that Presence that we are subject to ‘floods,’ that leave us vulnerable, open to the danger of harmful debris to enter and cause havoc in our lives.

    “Standing on the Word’ is one of our most trusted, powerful gifts that we have to teach and guide us – especially if it us used properly as intended by the Spirit-guided author and not mis-used ‘cafeteria style’ by carving out excerpts to alter the original meaning of the text to persuade and to ‘prove’ a false, misleading point of interpretation. The excerpt used today from Matthew’s Gospel is quoted perfectly. It gives us the entire meaning and intent of the quote thus preserving the intrinsic value of the author’s timeless message to us.

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