"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."
This past weekend my church hosted its VBS for this year, which was themed, "Jesus Lights the Way." The kiddos at my church had the opportunity to see skits, visit centers, and watch puppet shows, each of which followed Jesus on a journey through the parables.
I was fortunate enough once again to get to help with A/V for the skits (which are always a hoot and pretty much the best part of VBS, if you ask me!) Our skits usually end up including something out of the ordinary, like some pyrotechnical special effects. This year, they included a horse. Playing a donkey, mind you. But a real, live horse, that was walked up and across the stage in our auditorium. Only our VBS skits... :)
Also had the opportunity to help teach kids in a center where they learned about life in Haiti, and how some members of our church are working to help the people there. This was a room where the kids could learn about practical ways that we are putting Jesus' teachings into practice.
Here the kids are pictured learning to make mats for the people of Haiti to sleep on, as well as learning to make bricks from bags of dirt, which will allows the people in Haiti to have houses that are sturdier than the typical cinderblock houses that may be built there. It's a house that is built that is better prepared to stand the storms that may be experienced in Haiti.
So it seemed appropriate to me that the one song that tended to stick with most of the kids from this weekend was the one about the wise and foolish builders, since it talks of the importance of putting His words into practice. It tended to stick with me, too, since we sang it with each of the 11 groups of kids that came through our center this weekend, so I just wanted to share some quick thoughts regarding this passage:
In this story, Jesus doesn't say that the wise man will be prepared in case the storm comes. It just comes. Similarly, the foolish man isn't taking a gamble on whether or not his house will have to withstand a storm. The storm is coming. It comes for the wise man, as well as the foolish man. Reminds me a bit of the passage a couple of chapters earlier, where Jesus says that God causes the sun to rise on the righteous as well as the wicked; He causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. Often times, as God's children we pray for His protection from the storms of this life. But it's clear time and time again that the storms of this life don't discriminate between believers and non-believers. They're coming, for both the wise and the foolish. Remember, though, that by putting His words into practice, in small ways, each day, you're building a house that can withstand any storm this world conjures up.