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The Highroad Less Taken

Updated on April 22, 2011
"A House Upon The Rock"
"A House Upon The Rock"

“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.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      There's a good message.

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      Ralph Deeds,thank you for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful note.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Gicky Soriano,

      Wonderful motivational inspiring message!!!

      “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).

      JESUS IS A SOLID ROCK!

      Thank you for sharing!

      Blessings

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      DKO, I stand encouraged by your comment. Be blessed!

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Well done. A good, practical reminder of eternal truth. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      KRA, stay on the straight and narrow. As always. be blessed.

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      coffeesnob 7 years ago

      Gicky - beautiful! What a great illustraion of a powerful biblical truth - I choose higher ground! [Although I do like the beach :)]

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      TimeHealsAll 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      What Beautiful pictures! and a crystal clear reminder that no matter what our struggle, God is on higher ground! You had a wonderful way of putting this- Thank you Gicky

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      THA, somehow, when I first read that parable, the picture of my grandfather's beach house came to mind. In fact, forty years after that infamous flood, another storm of a similar magnitude caused a great flood in the Philippines last month. God's wisdom can be found on higher ground. Your visit and comment is much appreciated.

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      steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I love hearing/reading real life testimonies that bring the message to life, and what a powerful message! During this season of physical & spiritual storms I'm checking my foundation to make certain it is well rooted on Gods higher ground. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this.

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      steffsings, thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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      thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      That parable was about wise and foolish choices people make even though fore-warnings are provided. When days are sunny and bright, it's easy to forget about the reality of harsh storms and the need for solid protection.

      The storms of this life are to remind us of the eternal storm of hell to come and the only eternal protection we must choose to accept before our lives end.

      Great illustrations, beautiful pic too. Thanks for reminding us of our need for Jesus, the solid rock!

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      thefount, thank you for sharing such an insightful addition to this hub.

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      jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Very thought provoking hub. Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

      Thanks for the hub

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      jacobkuttyta, glad this hub ministered to you brother. May we continue to put these words to practice in the choices we make.

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      restoremyheart 7 years ago

      nice reminder, thank you for sharing!

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      Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

      restoremyheart, I appreciate the visit and note. God bless you.

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