When I was a little girl I loved the story of The Three Pigs.
One pig built his house out of straw, another out of sticks, and the third out of bricks.
And then the wolf came.
I can hear the words now. Can you? And he huffed and he puffed and he . . . blew the house down.
Sunday I sat enthralled as I heard the story again, but in a fresh new way. My pastor reminded us that there was a similar story in the Bible.
It’s the story of the house built on the sand versus the house built on the rock.
And then the wolf comes.
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:47-49 (NIV)
My home. Built of flesh and bone, but also what lives inside of me.
Many of us ask this question: Why do I always arrive at the same place? In relationships. In the way we act or what we do, that we later regret.
What if we asked this question instead: How am I building my house? What do I place the most emphasis on that affects who I am?
I love to meditate on God’s word, but to be honest, I also meditate sometimes on anger, or rejection, or what I wished I had said. I can meditate on someone else’s words.
We can meditate on what we’re not, what we don’t have, what we look like, how we’re going to get what we want.
All of this is part of our structure, who we are. And when the wolf comes, we might just have built a house of straw or sticks.
The Three Pigs isn’t about the wolf; it’s really about the house.
So how do we keep our “house” strong?
- Meditate — put in the Word. Soak in scripture every day — one passage, one story, one chapter. It’s not how much you read, but how much you build on that one thought.
- Evaluate — ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas that you build daily, and with what materials. And if changes need to be made, begin them.
This morning as I sat in the presence of God, some really beautiful things came to light.
Now hear me, all the things on my to-do list called my name. I didn’t have time to just be still. But there were things God wanted to show me. . . and I’m so glad I spent that time pouring into the foundation of my house.
For the wolf is going to come around — in little ways, perhaps. Or big.
But let him huff. Let him puff. My home is built on the rock.