The Leaning Tower of Our Own Understanding

The following is a portion of a blog post about the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa:

“It was discovered that the ground beneath the tower was essentially made of sand and shortly after the inauguration it started to tilt. This caused an inclination of the tower which is currently inclined by 3.9 degrees. The leaning tower of Pisa has not fallen till now thanks to the big work of specialized workers who acted specifically to prevent its falling. The current building is the result of time-consuming reconstruction work, mostly to reduce the risk that the tower might collapse as a consequence of its remarkable inclination. I remember that in the course of past years the tower was closed to the public for many years. For example it was closed the January 7th, 1990 and it opened again 12 years later.”

Tripilare.com Blog Post February 17,2020 by Ila

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…

Matt. 7:24-27 “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. 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. 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

This has been a time when it has not always been clear who to trust. There are so many voices making recommendations or accusations and providing possible solutions. We hear of different timelines to the ending of this, perspectives of the severity of what is going on, and different things to do to remain healthy and virus-free. Most of us are then left to sort through the noise and come up with our own idea of what we should be doing and how to do it. Pretty much every person I have talked to has had different ways of going through this time. In some ways that can be good because each family does have varied needs and concerns that we must take seriously. The problem arises when we focus too much on the whys and hows and too little on the Who.

When we rely too much on our own understanding of all the information we are given, we can become like the leaning tower of Pisa, having a shifting foundation that changes day to day based on the news. A lot of time and effort have to be put into keeping it standing. There is a constant barrage of new information that is taken in, so we have to adjust our strategies and do the next new thing, adding to the stress of our lives. Like the Tower of Pisa, sometimes we just shut down because we are unable to process all the information or we become weighed down with worry or concern, afraid everything may fall.

When we focus our trust on the Lord, we have a sure foundation. We may not know the why of these decisions that are being made around us or even how we are going to get through all of this. We may have no good answers to all the swirling questions, but what we do have is the Who. The Rock upon which we build our faith, The Cleft in which we can hide, The Strong Tower that we can run into and be safe. The storm may come but we can trust Him in the midst of the storm to either shelter us from it or to help us walk on top of it. Any other thing we trust in is just built on shifting sand and always has the potential to fall no matter what we may do to try to prop it up.

Reflection:

Ask yourself:

Has my focus during this time been more on the whys and hows or on the Who?

Do I trust the Lord no matter what the outcome of all this is, even if I do not understand why this is happening and how things will turn out?

Declaration:

I choose this day to trust in the Lord. I do not need to know what is going to happen tomorrow because God is with me through it all! When I am afraid, I put my trust in You (Psalm 56:3). I stand secure on the Rock of my salvation!

—Anna Marie Dandy

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