Looking out my window earlier today I found myself pondering construction. A sure sign of summer – so they say – revolves around road construction. The weather is nice, the days are longer, which means road construction is in full bloom. Areas of the 401 are full of big trucks and mounds of freshly moved dirt. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Oshawa area where construction on the 407 extension is underway or Cobourg where widening of the road continues, construction is everywhere. The Kingston area of the 401 has plenty of construction action too. Really, no matter where you look, you are bound to find construction somewhere along the way. It’s also worth noting road construction is not limited to just highways. The other day I found myself circling a store trying to find the entrance as there seemed to be road construction on all sides of the building!
Construction is not only limited to highways and bi-ways. Many people use the warmer months to remodel their home, build a new home, or simply add additions to their current home. There’s even construction going on in our basement. Our landlord is currently remodeling our downstairs bedroom and laundry room area. I’ve been posting progress pictures on my Facebook page and receiving interesting comments – especially from our kids. I’m not very construction minded. The standing joke in our household goes like this – “Dad, step away from the tools.” With the remodeling going on in our house, the kids wanted to make sure our landlord knew NOT to hand me any kind of power tools. Depending on where you live, you might even see high rise construction or plaza and mall construction. It truly is the “season of construction”.
The planning stage of construction fascinates me. Every detail must be carefully considered. I’m watching this very process as our landlord plans out wiring, as well as measurements for doors. He even had to factor in a somewhat lower ceiling making allowance for the furnace duct work. That means a slightly short door. Those are things I never would have thought of. But then again, that’s why I don’t do much in the area of construction and remodeling.
While I will readily admit I don’t know much about the actual construction of a house, I do know one thing. For any structure to last, the foundation must be firm. If the foundation is not firm, the building will eventually crumble and fall. It might not happen overnight, but one thing is for sure, the building will come down. The same can be said for our personal lives. If the foundation is weak, eventually our lives will crumble. News stories abound of shattered lives simply because storms arrived – either personal or professional – and a weak foundation resulted in a fall. Moral lapses, integrity lapses, financial lapses – the list is really endless.
In Matthew 7 Jesus talks about wise and foolish builders. He says “everyone who hears My words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew, but the house did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock”. He goes on to say, “But those who do not put my words into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. When the storms came, his house fell with a great crash”. Many believe life simply happens by chance with no rhyme nor reason. However, when we listen to the words of Jesus and take His advice on how to live, our foundation is firm. Then when storms come, while we might feel the rain and the rocking of the house, it will not fall. Which foundation is your life built on?
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.