As an interior designer and general contractor who specializes in remodeling, I frequently consult with structural engineers for an analysis of the foundation we build upon. I must be certain the foundation will support the structure I’ve designed. I believe this same principle applies to our spiritual foundation of faith.
My foundation of faith developed layer by layer while growing up at the Overland Church of the Nazarene in St. Louis, Missouri. My parents loved the Lord, and much of our life was centered around our church. Church was more than what we did on Sunday—it was where we experienced a healthy environment of people who loved the Lord and came together with other families to worship God. I experienced devoted Sunday school teachers, Caravan leaders, and dedicated youth pastors. These people loved me and mentored me in God’s word.
As a teenager, I began to study Scripture on my own. I continued the habit throughout my twenties when I was single and living on my own. Many times, my faith was challenged, especially when my younger brother and everyone else were married while I was still waiting for whatever/whomever God had for me.
Waiting has always been a struggle for me. “Fast” is my preferred speed. Even as a little girl taking piano lessons, my instructor would say, “slow down, you’re playing too fast!” I just wanted to finish and move on to something else.
Now in my sixties and still a student of God’s Word, I have celebrated 32 years of marriage with Dave, my husband, and we have raised two beautiful daughters, Annie and Susanna. Now I can appreciate God’s seemingly delayed answers because God was developing my character during the waiting and providing me with another layer to my spiritual foundation.
In June of 2015, our family experienced a tragedy when my brother’s plane went down. Nothing could have prepared me for this, but it was during this time that I experienced God in a new and miraculous way. Friends all over the country from the Nazarene network, along with Christ-followers from our community, came together to support our family. They propped us up just like a 2x4 braces a wall. I will never understand why this happened.
My foundation was shaken to its core, but God sent extra support that held it firm just as He does even today.
Waiting continues to be extremely hard for me, but I continue to trust God for answers that don’t come fast enough, and I know He is working all things together for my good. God never cuts corners or takes shortcuts on His design. I am absolutely confident that in the waiting, He is expanding the depth and breadth of my foundation of faith. “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand.”
Debbie McFarland is an interior designer and general contractor. When not working, she enjoys entertaining her family and friends and enjoying God’s glorious creation.