When Steve and I were very young, he asked me to come into the bedroom where he said, “Close and lock the door.” Following his instructions to the tee, I entered the room where he had each of the dresser drawers pulled out to look like stairs. He had this crazy idea that we could walk up the drawers and get to the top of the dresser. I wanted to know why we were going to do this and his response was simple, “So we can stand on the top!” Being the youngest and most gullible, not to mention the fear factor of disagreeing with Steve, I began the journey to the top. After the third step the dresser tipped over trapping Steve and I underneath. He got mad, which was typical, and I started to cry, which was also typical. Steve pushed the dresser up far enough for me to escape and I ran to get mom. She came in and freed Steve from the clutches of the furniture. Her words were cutting and loud, “What on earth were the two of you thinking?” Steve, in an angry tone, answered, “ The foundation was wrong or this would have worked.” That was Steve!
This week I was cleaning up some things in my office and came across something Steve had sent me. It was notes to a study he was working on back in 2011. The verse of scripture on the fax was this:
Matthew 7:24 “"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.”
Matthew would write these words with the message that you are to build each part of your life upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. Why? Because life is hard, and sometimes things happen that can be devastating. Pain and problems can lead to isolation, the sense of being completely alone, where no one understands or cares what you are going through. God cares! He is concerned with every facet of your life. Each detail matters, and He wants to walk with you and even carry you if need be through the turbulent times.
Reaching out to others in the midst of your trials can make all the difference in the world. God has a way of using our pain to glorify Himself, strengthen others and bless those who are wounded. What makes the difference between being defeated and winning? What you do.
Steve wrote in his notes to me this statement: “What you do makes all the difference!” Always strive to do the right, Godly and the honorable thing.
Steve was wise in so many ways, but I’m still trying to figure out why he wanted to stand on top of the dresser!