Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them,
I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house,
who dug deep and laid the foundation on the Rock. And when a flood arose,
the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears (my words) and does not do them
is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.
When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell,
and the ruin of the house was great."
It was 1830. George Delday, a tenant on Halley farm in Deerness, hitched up his horse and cart for a trip into Kirkwall. His oldest son John was embarking on a voyage to the Davis Straits. George wanted to see him off. Being 'fond of a drink', George stopped for a 'wee dram' before making the trip back to Deerness that night. On the way home he took his usual route across Sandi Sand, but presumably fell asleep, leaving the horse to find its way home. While George was sleeping, the poor horse strayed too far out and horse, cart and man disappeared into The Mallack, a quicksand at the edge of Peter's Pool.
Second, it is entirely possible to busy myself doing all kinds of things 'in His Name' that have nothing to do with His will for me. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus is recorded as saying:
'Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
To those who claimed all kinds of 'mighty works' in His name, Jesus declares:
"I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness!"
Lord, I invite you to rouse me from my slumber. Sift out the chaff in my life, and point me to the Father's will. Help me build my house on The Rock.