The Highroad Less Taken
“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock” (Matthew 7:25).
Why would my grandfather build his beach house on higher ground far from the waters’ edge? As a child, it made no earthly sense. My long and tedious trek to the ocean was difficult enough. Under the scorching sun I would have to climb over a flimsy wood fence, walk through a thorny brush path, and tiptoe across the burning hot sand to reach the cool soothing seawater.
Our new neighbor was a believer of bright, sunny days and endless summers. He cut corners by building his house along the shoreline. Apparently, money was no object—thick concrete walls and exotic hardwood flooring. Whatever he fancied. And what I thought was going to be a modest vacation home, turned out to be the most gorgeous dream house in the province.
In the mid-sixties, the Philippines endured one of the worst typhoons in its history. Horrific winds up to 150 mph ripped thru the islands uprooting trees, damaging houses, and leaving many homeless. My grandfather’s home withstood the storm’s test, but the dream house sadly sank in the sand.
The next summer the nightmare of a ruined home remained in the distant shore. Higher ground may be difficult to tread but it’s well worth the trip. What appears to be the easy road in life often ends in sinking sand.
God, thank you for the wake-up call reminding me daily that the highroad less taken leads to a safe and sound choice founded upon the Rock.
© 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.
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