Rock or Sand

I had the chance to speak at a community church service in Continental last Sunday.  As we were crossing the railroad tracks to get to the tent, my kids bent down to get rocks for their rock collections.  Everywhere they go, they want to get a rock to remember the day by.  This will certainly be a day I won’t soon forget.

Nathan had noticed 2 different types of ‘rocks.’  One was your typical rock, an inch or two in diameter.  The other, was sandy to the touch, and shaped like an old wheel.  You could feel the sand grains brush off as you rubbed a thumb across is surface.  Nathan knew that I was about to share the message in church and so he quickly said, “Daddy, why don’t you talk about the two different types of rocks.  The one house was built on the rock and it stood but the one on the sand didn’t.  It didn’t have a firm foundation.”
My kids love that story from Matthew 7.  They love to celebrate the man who built his house on the rock because it stood the test of the storm.  They listen intently to the message that we need to build our lives of the foundation of God’s Word and His Love and that He gives us security and a foundation.
You know what struck me though?  As I read that familiar story I noticed something new.  I love how God does that.  We can read the same story or text 100 times and learn something new every single time.  Here’s what jumped out at me. It’s actually the first verse in the section, verse 24.  This sentence sets up the whole story.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
Without even knowing it, Nathan was fulfilling the whole meaning behind one of his favorite stories.  He heard the words of Jesus many times, and acted on them once he saw the rock and the sand by those old railroad tracks.  He wanted to share that story from the Scripture with anyone who would listen.
May we do the same as we walk through our day – looking for ways and opportunities where we can connect a hurting world to the healing Savior.