They say storms expose the leaks in the roof….or hurricanes expose the cracks in the foundation….in our case, a down pour exposes how terrible our gutters are. Besides the fact they needed to be cleaned, they just could not handle a recent summer down pour. In a matter of minutes of the rain starting, the gutters were sagging (I think they were screaming HELP, but I can’t be sure), overflowing, spilling buckets of water down the side of the house, the windows, in the garage and puddling against the house. We love our house, but it has an old foundation…so there are a few small leaks that get exposed when it rains hard. There is also one corner of the basement prone to floods. It happens occasionally, but typically only when the rain is heavy. On this particular day, it was heavy – so TJ and I went out there to put up a makeshift splash block to move the water away from the house, all while getting drenched ourselves. A couple tarps, some wood pallets and a soccer goal later, it worked. With minimal flooding to the basement. It is much easier to stop the water from coming in than it is to get it out once it’s there. For the 3rd time this year, we said “if there ever was a case to get new gutters…this is it.” We’re getting new gutters in a couple weeks – ice and slush aren’t as forgiving as August rain.
How should we prepare for the “storms of life”? Are our roof, foundation and gutters up to the task? How do we stop the basement flood before it starts? What do we believe will sustain us? How will we as Christians continue through life when huge challenges come our way. And they will…it’s not a matter of if, but when.
One of my favorite hymns is “The Church’s One Foundation”. The first verse is how Jesus is the foundation of the church and He sacrificially gave himself up for it. We can argue all day what we think the church should be based on or should be teaching….but in the end only Jesus as the foundation will sustain it and make it succeed. Only a church where the gospel affects our everyday lives will the people flourish and the church will grow. We need to be rooted in God’s word, prayerful, loving one another. We build up our foundation (prepare for the storm) when we build up our faith (study, pray, love).
And I tell you….. on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18