Tuesday, May 8, 2007


I woke up at 4 am to two big BANGs. I looked out the front door to make sure there wasn't an accident in our intersection (it wouldn't be the first time), but I saw nothing...and went back to bed.

At 6 am, Henry started yelling for me--he could see "sirens" out his window. I again looked out, and all I saw was a police car blocking our street. I told him to go back to bed, and I did the same.

Around 7, Henry crawled in with us. I couldn't get comfortable, so I got up and went to investigate. What I found was an entire section of the next block engulfed in fire. The roof and second floor were completely gone; the only things left standing were the bricks around the outside. There were several businesses in the downstairs, and ten apartments upstairs, including the grandparent's of one of Henry's friends. Did everyone get out? Was everyone safe? All but one person escaped safely, but some had to climb out ladders--I can only imagine how scary that was.

I'm not sure why, but it hit me hard: am I investing in things that will last, or in things that won't, like, well, things? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 talks about the only foundation that will last is Christ--everything else will be burned up.

Lord, I want to build my life on you. Help me hold lightly to the things of the world, and cling to you.

1 comment:

Jen said...

I didn't hear the bangs but we kept hearing strange things all morning. First, a police siren, then a firetruck, then another and another and another and another and I thought, "We don't have this many firetrucks in our town!" Then I heard the helicopters and wondered if something catastrophic had happened. I checked the news and ended up calling Charlie to get the scoop. Downtown looks so weird right now!

I wonder about my investments, too. What am I caught up in? What do I spend most of my time thinking about? What gets me out of bed in the morning? I don't always like the answers but I'm glad God is faithful in reminding me to FOCUS!

I think you are making some great investments in the Word and prayer and your husband and children and church family. I know you've made a noticeable investment in my life so, thank you for FOCUSING on the things above!