Foundation is often used to refer to the bottom part of a building that is meant to stabilize the structure. The term can also be used in association with everyday life and what we hold on to in our understandings and beliefs about our daily existence. The whole point of a foundation is to have something that keeps you grounded even when life gets tough and we experience turmoil.
Francis A. Schaeffer wrote many books on the existence and evidence of God in our lives through the use of philosophy, theology, and apologetics. In his book The God Who is There, he analyzes the shift of humanity to post-modern thought. Post-modern understanding is that there is no right or wrong and that all is feasible and allowable within the human context. There are many offshoots of post-modernism, the main idea is that there is absolutely no way to know anything for sure and whatever works for you is what you should believe.
Schaeffer coined the term "line of despair". The line of despair separates those who believe in absolutes and those who believe that there is no wrong way of life. Despair sets in when the people below the line find out that once all things are possible and feasible the meaning of life is no longer an attainable understanding. Many philosophers and intellectuals throughout history have found despair and sorrow at the end of their lives once they found out that all is for naught when you do not hold to any belief system.
The glory and hope of the Christian is that we do not fall bellow the line of despair. We are high above it because of our faith and foundation that is found in the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus wants us to hold fast to Him and the promises He has spoken throughout the Bible. We have an all powerful savior who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. I Peter 2:6 says "For it stands in scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame."" The Lord is our cornerstone and our firm foundation. Believe and hold fast to His work and teaching and He will be with you.
We all have a favorite season. It could be fall because of the beautiful leaves, or spring with it's fantastic array of wild flowers, maybe winter that gives you a reason to snuggle up with a hot chocolate, it could even be summer that brings swimming and long days. When the seasons change we never question it or try to keep them from happening. We respond to the change and keep going.
Just as there are seasons with the weather we can also expect that we will have seasons in our lives. The difference is that personal seasons affect us on a deep and intimate level. Some seasons are full of happiness and joy. Others can bring loss and helplessness. If we do not respond rightly to the seasons that pass through our lives, we can even perpetuate negative season. The one thing about seasons is that they will always pass, the question is who do we hold on to in the midst of those tough times?
Joseph of the Bible went through many seasons in his life before he arose to second in command to Pharaoh. He started in a season of blessing when the Lord gave him the vision of his eventual future. After his brothers threw him in the well, he had bad season after bad season. He was betrayed, lied about, and imprisoned. Through it all Joseph praised the Lord and continued to work hard and be diligent in the work he had before him. He never forgot the word of the Lord, which carried him through the tough times (Genesis 37-41).
The hardest thing to do in our lives is to go through a tough season and see the good and see God. God is our compass through the storm and our anchor in the sea. There are times when the Lord is not going to lift you out of the bad season immediately, but teach you something in the midst of it. We must rely on the Lord and give Him all the praise. Our faith is tried and tested through hard seasons, but is made strong in the Lord because of it.
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing"