Relate: Work began on August 14, 1173. The freestanding bell tower in the Piazza del Duomo was going to be the greatest bell tower in all of Europe. In the desire to begin this building with such a grand design, corners were cut. An inadequate foundation, only three meters in poor soil, was laid before the real work was set to. They didn’t want to waste time digging deep, they wanted to build tall. For the first five years, it was no big deal. Nobody noticed anything. While working on the second floor in 1178, people began to notice something strange. Everything was tilting to one side.
Fortunately, nearly a hundred years passed before the third floor could be completed. Thanks to nearly a century of almost constant warfare, the ground beneath the building was allowed the time it needed to settle. I don’t normally consider war a good thing, but in this instance, one happy side effect was that it prevented the bell tower of the Piazza del Duomo from complete collapse. In addition to this, compensation was made for the tilting by future architects. They made all subsequent floors slightly taller on one side than the other. As a result, the leaning tower could also technically be called the curving tower of Pisa. In modern times, the foundation has been shored up on one side. So, since 1990, the building has a 3.9 degree tilt rather than its prevıous 5.5. You can’t completely get rid of the tilt. After all, it is what has made the Leaning Tower of Pisa so famous.
React: Is our life off kilter? Are we headed for an inevitable collapse? When work first began on the bell tower, nobody noticed anything was wrong. It was only after years were invested, countless man-hours had been put to work, and millions spent on the building before anyone started to notice that something was wrong. Have we been moving through an unbalanced life completely ignorant of the impending danger? Have we been investing our time and money in worthless things while ignoring the small subtle signs that the life we are leading is heading towards a collapse? No life built on any other foundation than Christ can stand. Ultimately they will all fall down.
Let me always be rooted and grounded in You. Don’t let me build anything, do anything, invest in anything that does not have You as its source and purpose. I recognize that nothing outside of You can stand. Help me to stand straight and tall and proud. Be my foundation.