English homes are very different from the ones you find in the States. Some of the differences are obvious while others just cause one to stop and wonder. One of the more puzzling is the fact that every home is constructed with brick, block, and mortar. There are no studs, aluminum of wood to be found! Also, following the same logic, second floors (first to English) are poured concrete as well. The only thing I have found to be of wood construction is the stairs.
One concludes from this external evaluation that English homes are much more durable and problem free. Ironically the foundations for both homes are a concrete pad. Each pad settles over time in its own way, forcing subtle adjustments in the shape of the walls and ceilings which show themselves as cracks. The cracks usually reveal themselves as long wavy lines that slowly grow with time. One can paint over them or fill the lines with flexible silicon but, in time, the cracks will return. It is as if the house reveals its hidden self and the pieces that make up the whole.
Foundations are important however they are often flawed. In our lives we grew up with an inner self driven ego, pride, and self-preservation. As one grows we know what is on the inside but we want everyone to see a great house so we put on the smooth talking, walking exterior. “Smooth talk from an evil heart is like glaze on cracked pottery.” (Proverbs 26.23)
There is good news in all this. We are responding to a wrong turn taken a long time ago. Buried, often lost, in our souls is a thirst to know and worship God. God loves you and me more intensely than we can ever imagine. He can and will make something out of his creation. He is looking to recreate our lives so we can experience everything live offers. My advise to you and to me is this; don’t glaze over evil; let everything go, God is willing to rebuild from the ground up.