A New Foundation

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah.
(Psalm 46:1-3 ESV)

Have you ever felt your life crumble beneath your feet? I did sophomore year in high school. Thanksgiving of 2013, Jesus welcomed my ailing father home. He entered glory. So, the family foundation he helped build crumbled. Mom endured two funerals, for him, grandmother’s eyes never dried (they still run at times today). His children suffered prolonged emotional shock.

Family life fell apart, but something unexpected happened. I stepped up. Surrounded by grief and pain, strength to serve came from on high. God gave strength through a closer walk with him. My Sophomore year marked a dramatic shift in my walk with God, complete surrender. 

Yet, this surrender did not come overnight. God worked behind the scenes, preparing this heart for the times of trouble. He exposed selfish habits and provided the necessary help to kick them. Following Him, a host of other idols still vied for my attention at the time. God cared too much, and filled my heart with restlessness. The idols fell like dominoes—total surrender.

As God emptied my heart of one love, he filled it with another. Time spent on temporary things filled former days. The change brought activities like consistent time in Bible study and prayer instead. Serving family preoccupied most other time.

Drawing closer to God meant he drew near too (James 4:8). He walked through this with me. This tragedy soon revealed a new reality. I had a new foundation. Everything (even strong family ties) passes away, except for Jesus. He remains forever (Hebrews 13:8). Trusting Jesus alone gives strength to face any circumstance.

Jesus, our unchanging foundation, teach us to rely solely on you, so we can serve others with your strength, love, and joy.

Sojourner, IN, US