When all is shifting around us, a firm foundation is something we long for, we need.
We recently visited a church for a 4 day kids event.
On Sunday morning, the last day of the event, the pastor had a special prayer time for us. She asked things that they could be in prayer about during that time and we mentioned the travel, moving out of our house, finding renters, our girls adjusting to the many changes facing us in the coming weeks…
The pastor audibly sighed with the weight of our list, the reality of what we were saying.
We needed prayer because we were letting go of everything normal and saying goodbye to the things that say “home” on this earth.
Our home, our space, our place to just be… we were literally about to put our mattresses on the curb for trash day and begin a life of dependence on new places, new things, new spaces to support us during the final months of our support raising journey.
The pastor began to pray… she prayed something that has painted a beautiful picture of how our Christian walk should always be… but for me it has taken this drastic lifestyle to make it real.
She prayed, “Lord, be the invisible foundation for this family. Be their steady ground and the invisible strength beneath them as they travel from place to place.”
Her words created this peace in my heart. The picture she painted became an instant comfort.
Her words also softly convicted me of how easy it is to depend on everything around me for foundation, for strength, for comfort when it really should be that invisible firm foundation of God beneath me, holding me up through life.
God should always be that… for all of us. Yet, it is so easy to unknowingly fill that foundation with other things.
Our home becomes our quiet place
Our bed becomes our comfort
Our space becomes our foundation
This pastor’s sweet, precious prayer asked God to take that place for us as we let go of our earthly support and fully depend on the strongest firm foundation of all, our heavenly Father.
So, I’m living this prayer.
Letting it fill my heart and become my new reality.
Lord, be the invisible firm foundation beneath us when everything else fades away and we step into the unknown of your calling.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
The Solid Rock, Edward Mote