“No matter where the crowds were from in Israel, Jesus’s words still rang true: no one escaped the impact of the rains. . . . This is exactly what Jesus wanted every ear in the crowd to walk away understanding: the consequences for choosing speed or comfort or convenience in their lives were exactly the same. It’s always easier to pretend like it will always be summer.”- Alli Patterson
As Alli Patterson continues Chapter 1 of How to Stay Standing, she notes that Jesus told a parable about a flood because it was highly relevant to everyday life in Israel. Also, flooding caused difficulty and decisions in the lives of everyone listening.
The alluvial sand that made up the shore of the Sea of Galilee was the type of sand that got very hard in the summer months. So hard, in fact, that anything built on it stood strong. However, Alli notes, the crowd knew there was more to the story.
Because the Jordan River caused a huge change in the landscape. Even today the Jordan remains the major river through Israel. In addition, during its journey south through the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the Jordan branches into streams. And those streams served as a main water source for most of Jesus’s audience.
Consequently, no one escaped the impact of the rains. For the floods occurred every year. Every year. As a result, the crowd knew firsthand the danger of rising water and flash floods. Exactly the type Jesus talked about in the parable.
In conclusion, Alli counsels, it’s never hard to find a reason to look the other way. Or to choose easier, faster, or less conflict. Yet, we need to do the hard work of foundation-building. Above all, quality takes longer to build. So, when the storm comes, you’re ready because you’ve already laid the foundation.
Today’s question: What Bible verses help you avoid choosing speed or comfort or convenience, instead of laying a firm foundation? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The rock of your life – Jesus”