As a child I remember a TV program called "Friendly Giant". At the beginning of each show one of the lines said "Look up, look way up......". The idea was to create a sense of just how large this friendly giant really was, and to me, as a little kid, he seemed huge!
I'm a lot older now and I can still be impressed with things that make me look way up. I am writing this from the Royal York hotel lobby in Toronto which is only a few blocks from the CN tower. I attached a couple pictures I took of this imposing structure- the tallest in my country!
It's kind of interesting to think how easily things can make is "look way up". The visual intensity of these monuments compel us and capture our imaginations.
But the thought that goes through my mind is "what things make us look down?". What compels us.... captures our imaginations about things that serve as foundations?
Foundations get very little attention, but consider this: where would the things that rise high be without the foundations that hold them up?
The same is true for people. We can often see people rise to amazing heights of popularity, fame or influence, but what kind of foundations are their lives based on? Sometimes it can seem that what they stand on can look pretty shaky.
It seems clear to me that we are being offered something that helps to bring stability to life- something unshakeable and firm. This is what we hear about this foundation......
1 Corinthians 3:11 AMP
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
As a human being it is tempting to base our lives on things that look strong but again, those are the things that are the visible and noticeable. Foundations are much more difficult to see, but are the things that our lives need most!
Jesus wants to be the foundation of our lives. He wants to be anchored in the soil that is who we are and hold us up. He wants to be the one who provides stability in storms, and to be the one who lifts us to enjoy those beautiful sunny days too!
If you are looking for something in your life that promises to give you a firm and stable foundation to stand on, stop looking up and being distracted by all the things you see, and consider looking down for that which you need.
He won't let you down.
Pastor Brian Tysdal
Rock of Ages Church