“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Matthew 7:24–25
I am grateful I am founded upon the Rock—I have security in my storm. How many times has a fearful soul desired that comfort in his brewing storm?
I am reminded of a lighthouse resembling an iron skeleton that once stood far out at sea about eight miles east of Boston, Massachusetts. Its name was the Minot’s Ledge. The keepers inside this lighthouse always trembled when a stormy tempest swept their way and swayed their seventy-five foot home. Many keepers quickly resigned their post in fear for their lives. A lone bottle was found near this spot bobbing in the aftermath of a violent storm. Words of anguish leapt off the marred slip of paper pulled from its glass encasement: “The lighthouse won’t stand over the night. She shakes two feet each way now.” These were the last words of Joseph Wilson, the assistant lighthouse keeper at Minot’s Ledge, who was swept away in the storm.
The original Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse was destroyed during that storm in 1851. Unfortunately its base was not built strong enough to withstand the raging seas. It was replaced in 1860 by a lighthouse that still stands today. This structure has withstood over 150 years of hurricanes and crashing seas due in part to its solid granite base.
Are you fastened to the Rock? We are not promised a life without storms, but we are promised a Rock to rest upon until it is over. How secure are you?