paper houses

This word “security” surfaced in the rough, choppy waves of my thoughts this past week. and that verse that says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Name of the LORD our God” (Ps. 20:7, ESV).

We have this false sense of security founded on our homes, jobs, status, health, relationships, and lifestyle … and of course we only begin to really realize how insecure and vulnerable we are when the waves begin to crash around us threatening out paper houses.

Paper houses.

That’s all they are, as far as security goes. That’s all they are in the perspective of eternity.


And I say I want to live simply and love freely.

(((and I secretly think that gypsies have something going for them (… and that maybe if you use enough parenthesis no one will read the statement tucked inside)))).

Because we’re all just traveling through.

And we live surrounded by things as sturdy as a sheet of tissue paper.


But then there’s this eternal, permanent Truth that says:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  (emphasis mine) 1 Peter 1:3-7, ESV

And, yeah,

the here and now

and the things we see

these paper houses – 

they have meaning.

But only as much meaning as the Creator of all eternity gives them.

So as we desire to live a meaning-filled life and know security and peace, we must (it’s crazy) search after the God we cannot visibly see or scientifically prove. We have to let go of this (false) sense of security and do this thing that feels like a free fall … trust God.

But only in this searching and embracing and discovering what it means to trust the God Who infuses everything with some possible eternal value will we find our paper things filled with real value that goes beyond what we can see and reaches into eternity.

Our homes become a place of other-centered openness and hospitality and love.

Our jobs become opportunities to interact with those created in the likeness of God.

Our statuses become a chance to sacrificially lead and humbly influence.

And, God, remind me that even when this feels like free falling, trusting you is really the most secure place for me to be.


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