Hurricane Michael claimed at least 18 people and more than 30 remain missing. Property loss exceeds ten billion dollars. Michael was the strongest hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle. Michael is the strongest hurricane since Andrew in 1992.
After Andrew Florida’s housing codes changed. But not everywhere. The southern and Atlantic coasts required buildings to meet 175 mph winds. The Panhandle had lower thresholds: 120-150 mph winds. Michael hit the Panhandle at 155 miles per hour.
Russell King and his nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, built the ‘Sand Palace’, on Mexico Beach. They supervised every detail, down to the type of screws. They used elevation to remain above the storm surge. They sunk pilings 40-plus foot deep into bedrock, made from poured concrete, reinforced with steel cables and rebar. They built the ‘Sand Palace’ to withstand 250 mph winds. After Michael, the ‘Sand Palace’ survived almost unscathed. They lost a shower window. Oh well.
Jesus said to listen to Him and do what He says is like building your house on a rock foundation. A life of discipleship is a life of building. A life, and not a moment. A life.
How is this life built? By doing what Jesus says. Sometimes I neither understand nor am inclined to do what He says. Leaning on my own understanding and resting within myself present problems. I’m building a weak home unable to withstand the storms.
Upon what is this life built? What Jesus says. What Jesus says is not important because Jesus picked the lock of wisdom and virtue and now shares what He found. What Jesus says is important ... because Jesus said it. His person, character, and life makes what He says of ultimate, eternal importance. WHO JESUS IS. That, loved ones is the bedrock to withstand all storms.
What … WHO is the foundation of your life?