Lessons from the Desert: The Wise Man Built His House…

Tunisia. House Built in RockGoing to Tunisia has given me a whole new perspective on the parable comparing the house-building techniques of wise and foolish men. Shifting Sands of SaharaIt’s easy to understand the foolishness of building your house (or your life) on the shifting sands of world culture, because that changes with every wind of Dilapadated tent in desertwhim, almost imperceptibly eroding away tiny particles of belief until you have no foundation left and everything on which you base your life is left in ruins. City on a hill in Tunisian WildernessMuch better to build your house on a Rock…or be a city “set on a hill.” Houses built in rock. Tunisia. 3However, in Tunisia, we also saw many houses in the wilderness Houses built in rock. Tunisiathat were literally built by digging into the rocks! Houses built in rock. Tunisia. 2This is truly ingenious, because the underground homes Home built in rock. Tunisia 2 are cooler and protected from scorching heat and sand-blasting winds. Home built in rock. Tunisia 4We had the privilege of visiting one of these homes on our trip. Star Wars Site in Tunisia(In fact, one that was used in the Star Wars movies, but more on that later…) Home built in rock. TunisiaToday I just want to discuss what life is like in these homes built in the rock.Chipping away rockIt takes an average of 3 years to chip away enough rock to build a small home, Home built in rock. Tunisia 3although elaborate homes may have several rooms built off a courtyard.Woman grinding grain with mill stonesLife is simple for these people: simple expectations, and simple pleasures. Oven for home in rockAn oven is carved out of the rock, just like so many things! Water reservoirWater is collected in a little reservoir at the low end of the courtyard. Door for home in rockThick, rough-hewn doors protect the occupants at night. Star Wars Movie Site in TunisiaNot a very glamorous life, but it works for them, Tea. House in Rock. Tunisiaand I found myself very much admiring the hospitality and pluck of these people  Bedroom. House in Rock. Tunisiawho survive and have learned to cope with such harsh circumstancesRudimentary room. House in Rock. Tunisiaby digging into the rock. Wilderness of TunisiaI think all of us go through some wilderness experiences in our lives.Star Wars Movie Site in Tunisia 2It’s good to know that we can dig into the Rock and find refuge!

Statue of Mountain Goats“Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Finding Refuge in the Rocks. Tunisia“The Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” (Psalm 94:22).

 

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