As my husband and I prepare to build our first home, I am reminded of the children’s song “Don’t Build Your House on the Sandy Land” by Public Domain, cautioning us that though we may build a pretty house, unless it’s built on the Rock (with Him as our firm foundation), we will have to rebuild. This reminder has set me to thinking about how often we build the things of life on a whim, especially in this age of immediate gratification and impulse. Oh how I have had to learn this lesson, time and time again!
Through life’s valleys and mountains (literal and metaphorical), we have each developed our strong and resilient personalities, with AND without God at the helm. The world encourages us to take the bull by the horns and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, but how often have we done so, only to find we built up from the sandy land? What we need to realize is that by doing so, we put ourselves in the apostle Peter’s position of denying God’s power in our lives, saying that we are more capable of handling life without Him, and implying that we know more than He does. What a dangerous place to be in! And Peter’s denial of God wasn’t his first time either! Even after Jesus had asked who he says He is, Peter childishly denied His power, rebuking Him and His knowledge of His death and resurrection. Not only was he prideful in denying Jesus Christ, he claimed to know more than Him!
As I am confident we’ve all learned through our individual trials, we can be so arrogant and prideful about our own strength and courage. Peter’s story reminds us it’s okay to mess up but to remember that Jesus truly is “‘the Messiah, the Son of the living God,’” (Matthew 16:16) and how great God’s love and mercy are for us. Peter later went on to become the Rock, as God had predicted, even despite his pride. “’And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it,’” (Matthew 16:18-19). However, it was not until Peter put his full reliance on and understanding in God that he became the rock. What more powerful place could we build, than upon God’s mercy and forgiveness of our sins?
It is an honor to be a contributor to Women on the Rock, because I believe we can learn so much from one another about what it means to be Women of the Rock and to be Women Builders on the Rock. The song ends with the lyrics, “Make a good foundation on a solid spot. Oh, the storms may come and go, but the peace of God you will know.” Only our Lord and Savior can give us that peace as we build our identities, families, communities, and world as a whole on the Solid Rock despite the storms of life.