I loved reading to my children! It was the only thing that would slow down my son, and once I found this sweet secret, I was reading to him non-stop for my own sanity purposes.
One of my all-time favorite stories is the story of the Three Little Pigs, and as I was reading Acts 4, I couldn’t help but think of how symbolic this story is to our walk in faith – or at least MY walk in faith.
We start out in our youth gathering stones of knowledge about the Bible and faith through what we are taught by our parents, family or maybe even friends. We stash these little stones away and keep them in our heart and mind for safe keeping. Eventually, things happen in our world which might make us question these little stones of wisdom. We might not chuck these stones away, but we don’t feel like these stones are very valuable any more.
As we grow and start to think for ourselves, sometimes we feel that maybe straw is the way to go. With this ideology we start to build our house with this new exciting straw. We think it is wonderful until something in our world tears us down. Just like the Big Bad Wolf in the Three Little Pigs. Your world comes toppling down, and you are devastated. You don’t think you have it in you to re-build your home again. Your life has come to an end.
Eventually, you learn your lesson from the straw, and you think that wood is the way to go, so you build a beautiful home of wood. Life is great now, and you look back and think how stupid you were to think straw was suitable to build your home with. You are starting to learn from your mistakes.
Again, however, something happens in your world and the Big Bad Wolf rears his nasty head again, and down comes your life. The wood wasn’t strong enough either. You can’t believe that this is happening to you again. What did you do to deserve this?
Now, through all that you were forced to face in your life, you are finally getting wiser and realize that life will tear you down. Looking back, your life lessons have shaped you to who you are today. Now, you realize that the stones of wisdom is the only way to build your house. The Big Bad Wolf might blow and blow and blow, and your house of wisdom might shake, but the word of God will be hold you and your home strong against it all; the Bad Wolf or any storm of life!
Acts 4:11 reads, “For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, the stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” Jesus is our rock, and it might take you a few decades of your life to reach this point, or you might have clue in from birth. Either way, I truly believe that everyone will get there over time. Whether it is now, or in the afterlife. Sooner or later, we will come to this epiphany, just like the Third Little Pig.
I am glad that I lived the life I did, even if I made the wrong choices in life many times. It is what I needed to bring myself to a house of stone and wisdom. That is priceless to me. Hopefully someday, you will build your house of stone too, and reap the benefits of have a home build on the word of God.