I was driving back to Thurmont from Sabillasville, where I had just finished my first stint this year as a volunteer in the 4th Grade classroom, when I noticed something different about Owens Creek. There was a mist hovering over the water as it flowed vigorously down the mountain alongside the road.
Not one to pass up a “Kodak moment” (anyone remember what those were?) I got out of my car and took some pictures with my cell phone’s camera. On shot in particular stood out—a single boulder sitting in the middle of the Creek.
Anytime I see a large rock like this, my mind shifts immediately to the world of biblical imagery and metaphor.
- God as the salvation rock for God’s people: “Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!” (2 Samuel 22:47).
- God as refuge from the dangers of this world: “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go…Be my rock of safety where I can always hide…” (Psalm 71:3)
- And God as the firm foundation: “They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built” (Luke 6:48).
Rocks can be comforting signs of God’s presence in our lives. Like the rock, God provides firmness, stability, and protection in times of uncertainty.
There’s a torrent of world news and news from around the country that is making me more of a rock seeker than ever before. There’s sad news about the flooding in the Carolinas where so many people have lost their homes. Outrageous news about the treatment of (mostly) women and children by (mainly) men in positions of power in industry, government and even the church. Heart-breaking news of teens and veterans who give up hope and take their own lives. And even more…
Yes, I am looking for rocks more frequently these days. Each one I find reminds me again that however bad the news gets, there’s good news that can’t be beat:
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8).
Jesus is our rock and refuge, our strength and our salvation. When all else fails, and all others fail us, Jesus provides the grace and mercy of our loving God. God is with us in the day-to-day messiness of our lives. And when we trust Him, Jesus will be our foundation for life, through the torrents, through the heartbreak, and through the storms.
If you’re feeling the stress of troubled times, then go to Jesus; look to the Rock who provides you shelter from the storms of life.
May the Rock of Ages become a hopeful sign to you, so that you remember you are loved beyond measure by a God who is Father, Son and Spirit.
Peace, Pastor Bob