“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).
Over the years, God has blessed me in so many ways. One of those was, and is, the gift of my husband. God brought Roy into my life when I was quite young. I met him at college when I was 18 and shortly thereafter I knew he was the man God planned for me to share my life with. We married when I was 19 and he was just 22. Since that time, 31 years have come and gone, but through it all God has been faithful. We have shared much in our life together – children, homes, love, joy... And like many other people we have also had difficult seasons in our life. There have been storms that have come, either through circumstance or by human folly, that have left us battered and bruised. But because we have built our marriage upon the Rock of Jesus Christ, when those storms came, our house still stood.
In James 1:2 we are told not to be surprised when troubles come our way. Instead, we are to look at them as opportunities for joy because of what God will show us through them. We have found that to be so true. Without the challenges that we have faced together, we would not have seen God’s hand upon our lives in the same way. The miracles He has shown us would have remained hidden and the joy of His presence would not have been realized. In that same verse, there is one word that stands out to me…and that word is ‘when’. “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” God’s word doesn't say ‘if’ or ‘maybe’. It tells us that trials will come one day in one form or another. The wise thing to do is to be prepared. Just like the wise man who built his house upon a rock, our lives and marriages can withstand any storm that hits when we have built them upon life’s strongest foundation – Jesus Christ.
Roy and I are celebrating the joyful truth found as we have built our marriage upon the Rock -- Christ has enabled us to weather life’s storms and come through them victoriously! We remain confident that though challenging and painful circumstances sometimes will beat against our house, our God will remain the same. We are praising Him for His steadfastness and love. He has, He is, and He will strengthen us for all that we are to face, for our God is a God who supports us through every storm. He is our Rock and our Sure Foundation. He is Jesus Christ. Amen.