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Cycling through Shaky Soil

Lord, Lord.

These words escape my lips often. They spill out of my mouth in moments of fear or trial or heartache. I look for Him there. Through the tears and anxiety and sadness, I look for Him in the hardship, when life feels scary and uncontrollable. That’s when my mouth recites what my heart so desperately longs for, Lord, Lord!

And then somewhere along the line, those words cease to be uttered. When my heart feels settled and my life seems fulfilled, that is when my mouth remains void of the words my soul needs, Lord, Lord!

I am all too familiar with the struggle in today’s Gospel because I often find myself rebuilding the weakened structure I have set upon sand. It’s an exhausting cycle, really. Because just when you think you’ve set the foundation, the rain comes to wash it all away.

I think this is a familiar scene in all of our lives. In one way or another, we can all look and find that sandy foundation we have set for ourselves—those recurrent sins that leave us perpetually rebuilding upon that shaky soil.

Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel reading that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

Let us look for that unstable soil in our lives. And when the rain threatens to wash it all away, may we stand erect on the most secure foundation there is—Christ.

Today offer an Our Father to truly seek and know God’s will in your life. Say it slowly and from the heart.

Brittany Calavitta is an enthusiastic advocate for a good book, strong coffee, and a hopeful heart. After battling years of infertility, she and her husband welcomed their first child on September 11, 2016. You can find out more about her here.