Have you ever had one of those days when if it can go wrong, it does? We all experience times when dissolving into tears or speaking sharp words to our family become tempting releases for the pressure bubbling inside. We don’t want it to happen, but sometimes circumstances push our limits.
Maybe the baby cried all night and you received a call to come in early to work. Or your workday was stressful, and afterward you drove all over creation taking your kids to their activities. Now you don’t have time to fix dinner—a quick trip through the local drive-in will have to do before tackling their homework. Then you walk into the house and the AC is broken.
Just the other day, our carefully planned annual family vacation unraveled in the space of a few hours. One of our sons had emergence surgery. My husband and I got a phone call about the death of a mentor-friend, which might mean flying to another city for the funeral during our vacation week. And a daughter-in-law was notified she will have to work and cannot take off. Then our son who had surgery began to experience complications. Hysteria crept up my spine and slithered around my shoulders.
How can we ward off an explosion? What can we do to shrug off that creeping sense of losing control?
Jesus had some great advice for us. In Matthew 7:24-27, He told a story illustrating the life of a wise person versus a foolish person. The wise person built their house on a rock and the foolish person built theirs on a sandy spot. The house on the rock withstood storms, while the house on the sand was destroyed. Over and over in Scripture, Jesus is referred to as a Rock, so in this passage, His meaning is to build our lives upon Him. That way, when the storms of life blow against us we will be able to stand rock solid instead of falling to pieces. How can we do this in our fast-paced modern world?Photo Credit: ©Pexels/Emiliano Arano