In the distance a Man walks amidst the waves of the sea. They rise and heave, moving all around Him, undulating back and forth as they threaten the very foundation upon which He seems to stand. And yet, in spite of everything He sees, He walks peacefully, calmly, and serenely forward through the squall to come to those who stand in need of saving.
The image of Christ walking calmly and serenely on the water, amidst the winds and waves of the sea, brings peace to my troubled soul and teaches me much.
Imagine the most violent storm the world has ever known. Then imagine a man walking calmly forward through it all. He holds his head high and his eyes are bright and clear. The waves roll and churn all around him. The wind, try though it might, cannot seem to make him seek cover from its might. It seems that a great calm surrounds the space immediately around him and his feet find footing where there seems none. On he walks through the billowing storms of life.
We are in the midst of such a storm as you read these words. The sacred and the spiritual is under attack at levels unimaginable but a few short years ago.
This image, this vision, is of you and I at our best. It is of you and I when our lives are based on truth and light, in line with the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And it is a promise in scripture. It is as real as our faith is deep.
As the storms of life beset us and the winds threaten to blow us off our feet, as the waves threaten to swallow us up into their depths and wash away the foundation upon which we stand, I think only of Jesus Christ and the sure foundation upon which he walked, and upon which we must walk if we will survive the storm which surrounds us.
And what is that foundation you ask?
The foundation of His gospel. If we build our foundation upon the gospel of Jesus Christ then it will not matter what storms rage in our lives, or how unsure our footing may seem to be at times.
As long as we walk forward, in faith, trusting in God, and give no place in our hearts for fear, we shall walk forward firmly and deeply rooted upon the only sure foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. (Helaman 5:12)
If we would walk calmly forward amidst the storms of life, amidst the waves of sin and temptation which seek to drag us down into their depths, then we must build our lives upon the rock of our Redeemer. We must build our lives around Christ. He must be our center.
From that decision forward into the rest of our lives we move.
Will you place Christ at the center of your life? Will you give place for Him in your heart and change your life to let Him in? Will you build upon the foundation He teaches us how to build?
If your answer is yes then you may confidently look forward in faith for the day when you too may walk calmly forward amidst the storms of life and find solid footing upon which to stand. It will not be a solid foundation as the world sees it but a solid foundation as the Lord sees it. It will confound the wise and give strength to the weak. It will be accessed through humble prayer and right living. It will not be able to be bought or purchased for any price and if, in our moments of need, we are bereft of it we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
Upon what is the foundation of your life based? Upon what, and whom, do you stand? When the storms of life best you will they find your foundation wanting or will it endure even the buffetings of even the most mighty storms?
Will you choose to build your life upon the only sure foundation – the only foundation that will give us “peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come?” (Doctrine & Covenants 59:23)