My Sinking Deck
The first sound I hear every morning is spirited conversations between the varieties of birds that call my back yard home. Over the past three weeks, however, their lovely songs were replaced by the loud buzz of power saws. The culprit? A sinking deck. We moved in our home about ten years ago and had a deck built on to the back of the house. A couple of years ago, I observed a slight slant to the left when I stepped outside my back door. With passing months, I noticed that the slant became not so slight and I had to step down and not just out. A board began to bow, then another board, followed by nail pops and a distinct downward slope. The inevitable was happening. Our deck was sinking. What had started as a small annoyance had become a full blown safety and stability issue. My husband called in the big guns, carpenters from our church, to figure out what was causing it and what needed to be done. They carefully examined the floor of the deck, pushing on warped boards and climbing underneath for a closer look. The diagnosis was two-fold; the deck had not been properly bolted to the house, and the foundation had not been built up with back fill to compensate for water runoff.
The only solution was to tear up the entire deck floor, jack up the deck, back fill the land and anchor it to the house. Sigh.I walked out one morning to bring the guys a pitcher of ice water and we began to discuss the spiritual lessons our sinking deck was providing. First, building something without a proper foundation is a recipe for disaster. Second, you must have a strong anchor. It took years, but a problem ten feet down that we couldn’t even see eventually made its way to the top. So it is with our spiritual walk. Our lives and homes must be built on the strong foundation of the Word of God. We must be firmly anchored to Jesus Christ. And we need to deal with sin and issues no one can see before our life begins to sink.
Listen to the words of Matthew 7. “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. 25 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. 26 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. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”Take time to lay the right foundation. It might cost you a little more in time and discipline, but the cost of not doing it is too great.
This morning, I smiled as the first sound I heard was the serenade of the birds nesting in my trees. The abrasive noise of power saws and hammers are gone, and I’m a little wiser for it.