Thoughts leading up to September 11th anniversary

Foundations matter.
At the heart of the foundation of the World Trade Center was a retaining wall the kept the Hudson River from spilling into the excavation site, onto the foundation, and into the subway system of New York City. That wall remained intact during terrorist attacks of 9-11, even when the buildings collapsed and the earth itself shook with a magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter Scale.
The bigger the building the more care goes into foundation work. The retaining wall itself, known as the bathtub, took more than a year to complete.
We always want to know what a building is going to look like. But the real work is foundation work.
Several years ago, Ravi Zacharias did a series of lectures at Ohio State University. As he was being driven to the lecture, he passed the new Wexner Art Center on the campus of the University. And as they passed the building, the driver said, “This is a new art building for the university. It is a fascinating building designed in the post-modernist view of reality.”
As it turns out, the building has no pattern. Staircases go nowhere. Pillars support nothing. The architect designed the building to reflect a certain view of life. Since life supposedly goes nowhere and is senseless, the architect designed the building to reflect senselessness.
Yet in one word Ravi Zacharias was able to expose the building and its philosophy with one simple statement. He turned to the man describing it and asked, “Did they do the same thing with the foundation?”
So, part of the 9-11 Memorial will be that retaining wall. It is a symbol of strength and firmness when disaster strikes. A wall that could not be moved when the greatest of challenges presented itself.
I think this wall is worth considering as we walk through life. Have we done the necessary foundation work to ensure we will be firm and immovable in the face of trials?


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