Each Wednesday we have a community dinner. We use cheap paper plates and the plates are not the sturdiest. Jason, Tracy, and Chase McCoy were able to get us 100 Arby’s trays when we began the dinners and we set them out every week for the people to put their plates on. You easily carry around the plate without anything on it or you can even put a sandwich on it and it will probably carry it. But to put a full meal on it without the trays, there is no doubt the plates would collapse under the weight of the food. We’d be cleaning up messes left and right.
The importance of the trays came to me as I was putting out the plates for the dinner this week. And as God often does, He used a very common thing like those trays to make a point about Him. He is like the tray and we are like the plates. As the plates, we are able to adequately carry a little. But there are times in our lives when life bears down on us and the weight becomes too much for us to bear. It’s in those times that we know if we’re living life in our own power or if we have that firm foundation ~ if we have Jesus and His power under-girding us.
I’m reminded of that firm foundation when I think of the people who are dealing with an evil tragedy as a murderer walked into the church in Charleston, SC and killed 9 of Jesus’ followers. This is one of those times that we, as fragile beings, collapse. And when we do, when we cry out, when we fall to the floor, when we get angry, when we try to make sense of a senseless act, or second guess a terrible accident, it is then that we find out if we have that firm foundation.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” ~ Matthew 7:24-27