Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Falling Bricks

Do you ever feel like the walls are crashing down around you? Sometimes visuals work best for me. I have this picture in my head of blocks falling all around a wall breaking apart, and I'm struggling to catch the bricks and stones that are falling to keep them in their place. It's just too much...too many bricks all at once falling down around me. Finally, I sit down in exhaustion and let the bricks fall where they may. It does kind of hurt sometimes when the bricks hit me, and I dread each brick that falls next. But then I notice that there is a stone that is standing strong and not affected, not moving at all. It's holding the wall from completely crashing down on me. It’s so strong and quite beautiful really. I’m in its shadow and I realize that it’s protecting me. The thought occurs to me, “Yeah, He's with me and I don't have to strive anymore to make things okay. He's my rock, my fortress, the foundation that cannot be shaken.” This brings such peace. I can leave the falling bricks to Him. He is strong. He can take these bricks that look a mess and make them into something so very beautiful. So I’m still sitting there…admiring His strength, even thankful for it but still tired and worn out from the struggle to keep everything together. And He whispers, “Yes, I am strong and I can put the bricks in place and make something beautiful…but you are forgetting something….I am in you! You can stand up and have confidence in me. I will be your strength.” Wow! That’s exciting and comforting!! How does that look in my life? What does that mean? For me personally, I can rest in Him and rely on Him in all of life’s circumstances….good and bad or even unchanging. Though my husband and Dad are both experiencing health issues, a move might be coming up next year, finances could always be better, my daughter is growing up and life is changing….I don't have to struggle to keep everything together and in order. I can trust in Him to be my strength in everything. I can rest in foundation. So what about when I sit down feeling exhausted and defeated? Will He condemn me or turn away in disgust? No, He will lift me up! You see, He values me. He cares. I am rooted in His love, His security, His acceptance. He will not condemn or turn away when I forget that He is my strength. He will continue to love me and comfort me. That is empowering. Yes, that’s His strength. So when the walls seem to be crashing down around you, look to the Rock that is our strength.

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times…..”
Psalm 62:5-8a


  1. Yay! You posted successfully!

    Your words are such an encouragement to me in my ever changing world when so many things are out of my control.'s all out of my control but it sure is a comfort to know God is our sure foundation! Thanks, Lisa!

  2. well said....even though the bricks crash around us and we can't stop them, he is our foundation and it's not moving. I like that......