As I write this, on Thursday evening, the windows in our home are rattling, and there’s a certain vibration in the floor. No, there’s no earthquake or tornado rumbling through Nobleton. There is a construction crew, with very heavy equipment, digging up the street adjacent to our home. This is nothing new.
Shortly after we moved to town, the street was dug up for the installation of municipal sewers, in anticipation of the building of many new homes in a new subdivision in the north end of the community. For an entire spring and summer (and a fair bit of fall) one year, leaving our driveway was an experience in off-roading. It seemed like the work would never be done. Finally, in October, it was repaved.
The spring thereafter, the road began to cave in in several spots. Again, the contractors dug up the road, and repaved it. The ‘top course’ of asphalt was added last spring.
But none of that matters now, because not only is the asphalt gone, there is a hole dug halfway to the centre of the earth in our street. Why all this digging and re-digging?
Apparently, the sewers are leaching too much ground water for the successful operation of the sewer system (not to mention the good of the potable water supply in town). And there is some pressure to get the sewers operating properly, since some of those new homes have been built, and are now occupied.
What I know about planning and building a proper sewer system would fit easily through the eye of a needle, so I’m not about to comment on the competence of those who have done so outside my house. But this much I can say: such things need to be built in anticipation of ‘the worst’.
That is, the sewers around this community need to be built in such a way as to be able to handle the high water table that everybody and his dog knows exist in our town.
Life is like that, isn’t it? We need to build and grow our lives in order to be ready, should ‘the worst’ ever happen.
We build strong marriages, family relationships, and friendships, and find that they are the relationships that buoy us up when life’s turmoil visits us.
Many people whose relationships with God are weak or non-existent in good times often find that when things go bad, they say, “Where is God?” Yet when people build strong relationships with God in good times, they find God’s power and strength to be very present when things get difficult.
When things are going well, don’t ignore God. Praise him. Build your relationship with the Lord, so that when and if things go poorly, you will have the strength of that relationship to encourage you through the valley.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine 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 and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7.24-27, NIV).
Ask God to strengthen your walk with him today. He is faithful, and he will do it – and he will share that responsibility with your small group and your church family so that together, you grow.