Apr 5, 2013
They sit in a mess of sand and salt water, scooping, scraping, patting, molding.
The roaring of the waves, the gentle whooshing of the wind, the cries of the seagulls, the sounds of adults laughing and talking, the constant movement of walkers and dogs parading past, while children squeal as they play tag with the ocean. It all flows around them like the ocean around the small hills of sand on the beach, and still they sit, singly focused on the task of building their kingdom of sand.
What an incredible amount of energy they expend to build the architectural wonder of packed sand and water. As time passes, the sand erodes, the waves come and destroy the carefully built kingdom or another child will come and destroy with feet and hands what has been created.
As I sit and watch the creation of this temporary sand kingdom, I wonder idly how much my life is just like their sand world. I carefully scrape and pat and mold. I patiently dust the sand from the places I want to form into smooth towers. I focus on my task and ignore the beauty all around me.
But after, just like my children after a day on the beach, I will be tired, and worn and covered in sand and my carefully formed life will come crashing down under a wave of heartache or another person will come and destroy it.
Maybe I should allow the great architect to build my life on a more solid foundation, and then when the waves come I will be standing firm, anchored to the rock.
Matthew 7:24-27 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. 26 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. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
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