A SOLID FOUNDATION
"Sinkhole swallows up car in downtown St. Louis"
"Sinkhole swallows 5 commuters at bus stop in China"
"Giant sinkhole consumes Indiana couple's backyard"
Headlines like these make us wary of the ground we stand on. The United States Geological Survey says sinkholes can happen any time.
When erosion of land occurs underground creating a cavity, the ground can...slurp!...suddenly collapse, taking streets, buildings, trees and vehicles with it.
On March 1, 2013, a man sleeping in his bed in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida, along with everything in his bedroom, was sucked into a thirty foot deep sinkhole death trap. Laos, Papua New Guinea, Venezuela and Mexico have all experienced sinkholes. Few places are exempt from the danger.
Sinkholes are not a new phenomenon. God used a sinkhole in Bible times to punish Korah, a Levite, who led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, a story recounted in Numbers 16:1-33. Sadly, we ofen created our own "sinkholes" when we disobey God.
Sometimes uncontrollable circumstances -- the death of a loved one, illness, accident or material loss -- find us swiftly sucked into a sinkhole. Life as we knew it collapses under us. That's why having a solid spiritual foundation is important. Our God is that unchangeable, firm foundation -- our Rock -- even when success turns to failure, friends disappoint and possessions disappear.
"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower" (Psalm 18:2).
"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psalm 61:1-2) ~~ Lucinda J. Rollings