A house of cards

“It’s like we are living in a house of cards!” It is. It really is. Everything seems so unstable. It’s as though at any moment the whole thing could fall apart. Nothing is as secure as we once thought. That seems bad, doesn’t it? Hopeless, even.

But it’s not.

The more I thought about my own words in that conversation with my friend, the more I realized that I want that house of cards to fall. Without the “walls” the light can get in. Without the “façade” we can see what is really going on. And if it all falls down, and we find ourselves wrecked, well, that’s actually the best place we can be.

How so?

Well, when we come to the end of ourselves we may just finally look to Him. When we realize that no doctor, no leader, no person in the entire world can save us – we will finally look to the only one who heals, the only one who gives divine direction.

For so long we have thought this whole life was about us. For so long we have assumed that happiness was the goal. It’s not. Holiness is. And He is the one who makes us holy. Does that seem strange to you? It is. Because in our humanity we cannot be holy. But in Him we are. When we receive Him as our Lord and our Savior, He makes us holy. He makes us like Him. He sees us through the filter of what Jesus did for us.

Oh sure, lots will need to change.

Our behavior, our thoughts, our religion even. It’s not a magic switch that makes us different in an instant. He sees us differently, but we still have to do the work of renewing our own mind. That can only be done by reading the Word of God and working on a relationship with Him. But it is all worth it. The peace of a life with Him is all worth it.

Do you feel the wind starting to blow?

Do you see the cards beginning to tremble? What is hidden will be revealed. The Bible says it is so. But don’t be afraid of what will be standing when the house of cards is gone. There is nothing to fear in Him. It could all fall and He will still be standing. And He will still be holding us.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1
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