It is common for people to take those things familiar to them for granted. For example, many Greene and Christian County residence drive past limestone quarries on a daily basis without possibly considering their value as one of Missouri ’s natural resources. According to The Geologic Column of Missouri, the production of limestone contributes about one million dollars annually to Missouri ’s economy.
In addition to large quarries, smaller deposits of limestone can be found throughout the state. Because the rock is solid, it must be mined.
It is no wonder that Jesus used the subject matter of solid rock to help us understand the firm foundation Christians have when they choose to build their lives on biblical truth. In Matthew 7:24 Jesus said, 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. Parents, according to this verse, it is not enough to merely use the building materials of truth to help construct your children’s lives. Biblical truth must be applied or “put into practice” in order to be effective. As a result, your child’s life will have a firm foundation in which to stand.
In Matthew 7:25 Jesus continued, “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.” Every child will experience a variety of storms or adversity in life. Yet, a child whose life is firmly secure and trusting in the Word of God will not fall because God’s Word is eternally trustworthy.
Parents should consistently examine their child’s life to determine whether or not there is evidence of solid rock.
We can see evidence of limestone rock across the Ozarks. For example, the designers of “The Commons”, the newest phase to Springfield ’s Jordan Valley Park , used large limestones to reflect the city’s geology and to remember the limestone quarry that was once at the same sight. This limestone rock garden is seen at the entrance to “The Commons” at the corner of National and Trafficway.
Almighty God, designer of the universe, created us to live by His principles. As our lives display belief and trust in His Word they will be a reminder to others of His character and powerful truth. As a person lives steadfast on this truth, there will be evidence of its rock solid foundation.
Parents desirous of their children living by faith will continuing encourage them to build their lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.