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ROCKS

Kathy Dingus

 

My daughter likes to collect rocks. She will spend all day taking out her rock collection and looking at each rock as if she had never seen it before. She keeps them in a special box and locks them away in her cabinet in her room. I have often wondered what fascinates her about rocks.

Rocks can be all different colors, vivid in nature, shiny and smooth. They can be dull and rough with cracked surfaces. They can have a sparkle to them or their beauty can lie within, not openly visible from the outside surface.

My Dad liked ancient rocks, old rocks in the form of arrowheads or spearheads. He would spend quite a lot of time digging in fields where an Indian village or an old settlement was thought to have been many years ago.

He even had a special trowel and shovel to dig with. He would take great care when he was digging, and when he found a particular specimen, he would wash it and polish it and display it proudly with his other artifacts. Often when he found find bits and pieces of the past he would research the particular time period and learn more of the people who made it, and discover it's use. This was treasure to him.

It can be quite an effort to collect rocks. You must dig or mine them, wash the dirt and grime away, lovingly shine and polish them. Some adventurers cut them into shapes, for jewelry, as the Indians did for their necklaces. Some place them in a tumbler and smooth out the surface of the rocks, or you can collect rocks the easy way by simply picking up excellent samples of rocks in your local nature/science store, located in many of our shopping malls.

What is it about rocks that is so fascinating? Kids can't resist them, they take every opportunity to throw them, or skip them across a body of water, or putting gravels in their pockets to be used for fun at a later date. Adults love to cut geodes into two pieces and use them as paperweights for their desks. Even God spoke often in His Word about rocks.

The Bible states that Jesus is our rock. In Deuteronomy 32:4, He is the rock, His works are perfect.

In Psalms 19:14 the Lord is my rock and my Redeemer.

Christ is described in I Peter 2 as a living stone. As you come to him, the living stone-rejected by men but chosen by God, and precious to Him-you also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.

To those of us who believe, this stone is precious, but to those who do not believe the stone the builders rejected has become the capstone. They stumble because they disobey the message-which is also what they were destined for. (I Peter 2 7, 9)

In Matthew 3:8 the Bible states "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, we have Abraham as our Father. I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham."

I wondered what the difference was in a rock and a stone so I looked it up in Webster's Dictionary. A stone is defined in Webster's Dictionary as a pebble, a gravel or rock. A rock is defined as a pebble, boulder, stone, gravel, granite, roll, sway, swagger, or limestone.

How hard must Christ mine us to become living stones? Does He have to dig deep into the earth to find us and do we resist leaving that bed of dirt to shine brilliantly as a well_loved rock? Do we lie near the surface or even on top of the earth just waiting for Jesus to command us, giving us a purpose for being?

Are we a foundation stone, a cornerstone or are we a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall?" (II Peter 2:8)

I don't know about you, but I have never thought of myself as a rock. Do you think of yourself as a rock? I think of Jesus as a rock, my rock.

I think of rocks as being ageless . . . strong and unmovable, a thing of beauty, valuable and rich in minerals.

I think of rocks as being useful, used as a building tool, for foundations, or for walkways and stone walls. Am I a foundation? Or do I want to be a capstone for the chimney? These questions have risen to my mind lately.

I have asked myself the question: who will do the work if none of us do it? God says He can raise stones to do His work. Do I want another stone to take my place in God's plans for this world?

Recently I received a couple of donations to Sarah's Daughters that made me really think about this subject of workers and stones . . . These donations were quite generous and much needed, and many good works can be done with them.

God won't need to raise stones to replace these workers. They are doing the work of God. His interests and concerns are first and foremost on their minds.

Is God's will first and foremost on our minds? It doesn't take donating a large amount of money to do the work of God. It just takes caring and loving . . . and sharing the bounty that Christ has given us. Sharing it with others less fortunate.

We can receive blessings, but unless we bless others with our abundance we aren't doing the work of God. The greatest commandment is this:

Love our neighbor as ourselves. It sounds easy . . . but it's not so easily accomplished.

All it takes is seeing a need, and meeting it. That's what Christ wants. One need at a time. One problem at a time, one day at a time and by starting today.

I sure would hate for God to raise up another stone to take my place and to do my work. I want to be doing His will and radiating His love. How about you?