It started with a flashback of my childhood days, of how my mom used to give me a bath near our deep well. My grandmother would draw water from the well (22 hands deep ... that is how they measured the depth of wells those days!) and fill a huge copper pot. It always sat on 3 stones with fire burning under it. Hot water would be drawn out from it with a steel tumbler into a bucket and mixed with cold water until a bearable temperature was reached. It was then taken outside, and kept next to the washing stone, where i was given my bath. The water just flowed into a channel, which meandered downhill until it met the main sewer. Today, i was standing inside a posh bathroom with a choice to either lie lazily in my bathtub or just take a shower with water controlled by a mixer on the wall! I considered myself blessed and highly favoured by God to have such comfort and luxury when many dive into cold muddy waters to wash themselves clean even in the chill of winter!
Greg B's (A missionary) message came to mind. He had asked himself, " Why was i born in an affluent American home and not in some slum-dwelling family?" We come with no choice of where we are born but then we have millions of choices to make in our lifetime thereafter. What choices do we make? Are they 'world-wise'? ' Word-wise'?
Last week, Greg had shared again. I saw him asking me, " So Bro. Joseph, you are an Architect right? Tell us something about the foundations of 'Burj Khalifa' (Tallest building in the world)". The take-home from his message was screaming in my head. The ground is excavated, the piles are driven very deep into the ground until they hit rock, the piles are capped and the raft slab is poured .... One may not see any building coming out of the ground for months on end! But when it does rise tall, it is there to stay for a long time, come storm or tempest!
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
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