Foundations Sure to Falter
Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. – Psalm 102:25-26a (NLT)
Some people from the West Coast wonder how those of us on the East Coast live with the annual threats of hurricanes and floods. And some of us on the East Coast wonder how our West Coast siblings live with the periodic threats of earthquakes and mudslides.
Whether we face ravaging winds and water or whether we stand upon a terra firma that’s not so firm, cataclysmic shifts of the earth and its environment shake us to our very core. We base so much of our lives upon the natural order of manageable wind and contained water and solid ground. When nature takes a drastic turn from these dependable norms, everything standing on those norms is placed in jeopardy.
The very foundations of nature set in place by God are themselves erratic. To be oblivious to this truth is to remain acutely vulnerable and woefully unprepared for the tumultuous “acts of God.”
And surely nature’s foundations are not the only ones that rattle and unsettle us. We’ve almost drowned in a deluge of racial reckoning; the ferocious winds of a deadly pandemic have blown us to new breaking points; virulent political strife has shaken the very foundations of our democratic institutions.
It is precisely in times like these that faith looks beyond the instabilities of creation toward the utter faithfulness of the Creator. God has created nothing more steadfastly dependable than God’s own self.
Beyond the wanton passions, perils and pandemics of life, there is a perfect peace that passes understanding.
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. (Edward Mote, “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”)