One phone call

24 “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. 25 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.” – Matthew 7:24-25
Some of you reading this may have received that phone call. That phone call where the ring sounded just a little different. The phone call where you answer knowing something is wrong, but you hope for everything to be fine. It may have been in the middle of the night or the middle of the day, either way, it was devastating.

For me, it was 2 years ago that I got that phone call. I found myself just getting home from work. My cellphone rang and I looked down and it was my sister in law. It was very strange that she would be calling me back because I had just spoke with her 20 minutes earlier. I had that feeling in my stomach that something must be wrong.

Upon answering the phone I heard her somber voice confirming my suspicions. My mom had been rushed to ICU and they called for the family to come as fast as we could. This was a wonderful, beautiful woman who just the day before, was handing out candy to the nurses, but kept all the peanut butter cups for herself because they were her favorite. A woman who was full of life and love for the Lord that she accepted people for who they were, and where they were. .
I knew she was a woman who loved God and loved telling others about her love for God, but it still hurt. It hurt knowing that I would never see her again. It hurt knowing that I would never hear her voice again. It hurt knowing that just the day before we had said goodbye I didn’t know that it would be the last time we would see each other for the rest of our lives.
It is often in these moments that we find ourselves on our knees. Our legs can’t hold the weight of our body as we cry out to God on the floor. We cry out for answers and for the ability to understand the circumstance. We cry out with demands for just one more chance to see or hear the person. We would give everything to go back and tell that person how much they mean to us or how we wish things would have been different.
We live comfortable lives, but we don’t realize that our lives are like a house of cards. We’re one breeze away from having everything we know being turned upside down. Our card house is made up of cards that are our friends and family, a job, or vehicle…remove the right card…and it all comes crashing down.
It is important that we build our lives on solid ground. Christ is our solid rock. When we build the foundation of our life on Him…even when everything around us falls…we still have Him. We can start rebuilding on the foundation that never changes, nor never fails.
Give him your hurts, grief and pain today. Let Him be your rock that never fails.
Pastor Gina

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