I LOVE ROCKS!
I come by this honestly – my grandfather loved rocks, too.
I love their shapes, their colors, their texture – you name it, I just think they’re VERY COOL!
“The Hub” thinks it’s a bit of a problem…
Because, you see, I don’t just love rocks, I COLLECT them – everywhere we go – and not just a few…a bunch!
Did you ever see that great Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz movie, “The Long, Long Trailer”? In it, Lucy and Desi go on their honeymoon in a trailer. Lucy starts collecting rocks. When Desi tells her to stop, she just starts hiding them! Hilarity ensues…
I believe “The Hub” thinks he married Lucy sometimes!
When we go hiking, I ALWAYS wear pants with lots of pockets (read: rock-carrying-receptacles). They are chock-full by the time I get back. I weigh twice what I did when I first started. And “The Hub,” you ask? Well, he always takes along a backpack with snacks and water, and maybe a couple of lightweight jackets. However, in MY mind, that backpack is just a very LARGE rock-carrying-receptacle!
Food and water??? Forget about it – throw ‘em out – I need space for my rocks!!
He is such a dear man – he faithfully carries my “burdens” home – all 200 pounds of them – with very little complaining. I think he secretly likes rocks, too.
Part of the reason I love rocks is because they have a “story.” They have tumbled down from somewhere, who knows when, to arrive right here…just waiting for me to pick them up. Once upon a time, they were part of a mountain. Or they might have been inside the earth. Who knows?
And that’s the main reason I love rocks. They remind me of the timelessness of God. Of His solid Faithfulness. Of the beautiful color of His Glory. Of the texture of His Love. Of the shape of His Grace…
The shape of a man – Jesus.
Less than a week before He was to die on a cross for the sins of the world, Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph. Crowds ran ahead of Him, alongside of Him, singing His praises.
“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the LORD!”
But the Pharisees weren’t happy…
“Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”
How did Jesus reply?
“If they keep quiet, the STONES along the way would burst into cheer!”
I love that!!
Jesus said that if people were quiet, the very stones themselves would burst into shouts of praise. Why? It wasn’t because Jesus was setting up a powerful political kingdom. That dream came to an end on Good Friday.
No, Jesus was establishing God’s eternal Kingdom – and that was reason for the greatest celebration of all!
I think of those verses every time I add a rock (or ten) to my collection. And sometimes when I look at them, I just shout praise to my King –
“Let all that I am praise the Lord – with my whole heart I will praise his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)
Are you “rocking out” for the Lord?!?
(Scripture references today are from Luke 19:38-40)
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