When it comes to building projects and life, the foundation is the most important work. The foundation carries the load of the structure on top of it as well as any future loads such as people, furniture and furnishings. Solid buildings have firm foundations that are built to the master builder’s specifications. The more solid the foundation, the less likely the building is to suffer damage from storms, earthquakes, or the settling of the earth as time passes.
Because I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, He is the foundation of my life. The moment I became a widow, the structure of the building of my life entered a great storm that violently shook it. Yet, because of the strength of my foundation in Christ, my building was not blown away nor did it completely crumble.
The question now is what am I continuing to add onto my foundation since the purpose of my building as a wife has changed? Am I adding the wood, hay and stubble of materialism, worldly ambitions or my own plans for the future which are inferior or worthless things that cannot stand the test? Or am I adding gold, silver and precious stones that are purified by fire?
Gold, silver, and precious stones do not just appear on the surface of the ground. They have to be dug up from the deep recesses of the earth. Whatever comes out of the depths of the earth as a result of all of the pressure that takes place deep within will show the work of God in them. It is worth much more.
Wood, hay and stubble, on the other hand, actually grow on the face of the earth and are easily obtainable. Whatever can be obtained by the flesh of man then has no spiritual value.
Gold, silver and precious stones are valued for their intrinsic worth, the purity and sincerity of them, their weight, importance, their solidity, quality, their resistance to wear and tear, for the great esteem in which held by those who know their worth and for how they enrich a person’s life. Moreover, gold, silver and precious stones are valued for their great beauty.
My personality may be sporty casual, but put me in a jewelry store and I could stay forever. I am always immediately drawn to the sparkle of diamonds and precious stones mounted in gold or silver jewelry.
I want to be adding gold, silver, and precious stones to the building of my life now as a widow. I want others to see that there is beauty in my life and that I am not this sad woman who will be forever dressed in plain drab colors without joy or sparkle. I want my life to glow and shine with the love of Christ so that others can see that God doesn’t dim the light of a widow. What about you? What are you adding to the building of your life?