Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, May 18, 2019

If you’ve been reading these Daily Photo Parable blogs for a while, you’ve probably discovered that I am frankly an Old Snoop when it comes to reading journals which people have donated to thrift stores.

Most of the time people who donate their journals will carefully rip out the first four or five pages, on which they have expressed—often digging their pencil or pen deeply into the paper—some pretty raw feelings.  Eventually they calm down and decide to rip out the written pages and donate the book. But sometimes they forget to rip—causing me a great deal of curiosity and satisfaction!

Thursday afternoon, on the way home from appointments, I stopped at a Goodwill store, checked out the office supply section, and discovered a non-ripped journal. As I flipped through it, most of its comments seemed to be the standard self-improvement resolutions, such as “I want to be more organized. I want to relate to people better.”

But the above page gave me pause. The first two lines seem to continue the usual practical affirmations: “Stay grounded. Exercise.” But then, the journaler drew an explanatory arrow from “Stay grounded” down to the third line: “Enlist the fairies.”

Okay, what’s going on here? I wondered. Fairies? That’s how you stay grounded? My first thought was that “Enlist the fairies” might be a motivational speaker’s cutesy way of saying, “Call on your creative muses.” But when I got home and Googled the fairies exhortation, I couldn’t find it being used anywhere, in any setting.

So out there in the Puget Sound area, even as we speak, there’s someone walking around who believes that the way you stay grounded is to consult fairies. Whether the journaler actually believes in flitty little Tinkerbells, or whether his or her fairies are more metaphorical, I don’t know.

But I do know how to really stay grounded—and what to stay grounded on. When approaching the end of His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is very clear:

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24 – 27)

So how do you discover Jesus’ solid-foundation sayings? A good place to start would be the Sermon on the Mount itself. It starts in Matthew 5, and can be found by clicking the following link