Sunday, October 5, 2014

How Firm a Foundation

     Michael and I have been on an exhaustive search for a new mattress for twelve years now.  Short of the two extremely pricey brands on the market, we have tried almost every brand known to man
  • We have traded sides of the bed. 
  • We have traded mattresses with our daughter. 
  • We have added 2, 3, and 4-inch foam toppers.  
  • We have flipped, twisted, and turned the mattress of the moment every two weeks. 
     Our latest purchase is a feather bed topper. It was super fluffy the first night, was heavenly to sleep on, but now I spend way too much time before bed each night taking sheets off  in order to fluff and manipulate those pesky, pokey feathers back into shape.  *Sigh.* 

One night as I was begrudgingly stripping the sheets to do the mandatory shake of the topper, it struck me how our mattress woes really mirror what some of us go through spiritually.    We toss and turn through the waves of life, keeping our eyes on the storm, looking down, disabled and dissatisfied with what’s under our feet.  In order to cope, we often try to cover up our fears with fluffy, pretty things like staying busy with the kids, watching mindless television shows, checking our newsfeed, or telling all our problems to anyone who will listen---all the while, missing the most important solution.
            “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?” [How Firm a Foundation by R. Keen].    

Ohhhhh, the Foundation!!  That’s the ticket!  Relying on the foundation of God’s Word to seek out the answers to our problems, how often we miss it!!  The beautiful, beautiful Gospel truth can prevent so much unrest in our lives.  Instead of wearing ourselves out trying to reconfigure the storms so they appear less scary to us, we should be spending our time in a state of spiritual rest which can only be found in seeking His face and reading His Word, and accepting His grace
“When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
I think we’ll start saving for a new box spring today.

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