"Sorry Mr. Willis, but there's no way we're gonna get that house set by this weekend." The contractor looked at my husband and understood frustration was setting in.
"What? You've got to be kiddin' me. We keep getting different dates from everybody!" My husband motioned toward the still drying foundation and then the two halves of our double wide ... parked in the empty field next to our lot. Parked in the same spot for over 2 weeks.
"Hey, I can't help it. Wolfe's crew messed up on the measurements. This foundation isn't gonna work with the frame of your house." He swiped at his brow. "You're frame is built to step down on the north end and this foundation isn't set for that."
Our contractor went on to explain the problem. For us, all that meant was more waiting. Waiting to move into our first mortgaged home.
The minute we walked into the lot model 4 months prior, we knew it was our house. Everything from the colors to the room sizes ... and most of all ... a beautiful step down living room and master bedroom. AND, the price was reduced because it was an expired lot model. It was perfect. But this ... this foundation issue ... not so perfect. The floor plans we gave to the contractor had everything listed. He passed it on to the concrete company and somehow ... there was a misunderstanding. The first pour of concrete didn't allow for my beautiful living room. Without that foundation, the house wouldn't set right.
We'd been waiting well past the initial "ready to move in date" ... It was nearly Thanksgiving weekend and we were guaranteed a move in date of no later than mid-September. I was running out of patience.
But, in the end, our contractor was right. We couldn't rush this step in the building process. If we did, there would be problems later. Problems that would prove costly, stressful and frustrating. So, we waited and within a few short weeks, we were in our new home.
According to the contractor, our foundation and frame fit "like a glove".
We are like that house ... we have to pick the right foundation ... Christ. Without that solid foundation, things may look good in the beginning ... but in the end ... it won't work. Nothing can truly work without Christ as our Foundation.
For me, having Christ as my foundation means spending time with Him, reading from the word and putting that word into action, basing my everday life on His word and my faith in that word. Sometimes I mess up, sometimes the winds blow and I'm a little afraid of the storms ... but, in the end, I can stand up against any storm ... because I have a True Foundation.
Matthew 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."