Hurricane Damage – Navala Village – Nausori Highlands – Fiji,
a photo by Mark Heard on Flickr.
I was just now thinking about how powerfully some scripture verses have changed the way my mind works in certain circumstances. I realized the deepest changes have occurred through a 3-step process:
- I embrace the verses, and internalize the truths they communicate, in the (sometimes relatively) calm times of my soul. You know, before the storm comes.
- I cling to the verses and confess their truths DURING the storm. My goal is simple: ride out the storm and just survive.
- I recover from the storm and reassess. It’s at this point I realize how much more I understand God’s truth as communicated through the verses I’ve learned and clung to. AND how much more understanding and embracing I have in front of me. Together, Father and I clean up after the storm. We strengthen the shelter and reinforce the foundations.
It’s important to work things in this order, because you can’t build a roof during a hurricane.
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”