Learning from God's Word through everyday experiences
Sunday, December 6, 2015
The Solid Rock
Jesus said...“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Matthew 7:24-27 On a recent trip to Georgia , I had the opportunity to visit Stone Mountain. We had reservations to eat at the restaurant in the Stone Mountain Park that overlooked the mountain surrounded by a beautiful lake. The scenery was awesome and something to behold. I kept thinking as we were driving up to our destination and looking around at the trees, rocks and lake, how beautifully God had made all of this for us to enjoy.
We had a delicious dinner and the service was very accommodating, but every chance that I got I would stare out the multi-windowed view at the mountain. Majestic, solid, ancient, stable are just a view words that came to mind as I looked in admiration of God's creation. The Lord has afforded me many opportunities of seeing the "natural" wonders of this country, thanks to my adventurous son and his wife: the mountains of San Simeon, California (Hearst Castle), The beautiful ride up to Cambria, California on the Pacific highway to see the Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, then there was the Red Rocks of Colorado, The Garden of the gods, Colorado, and a visit to the mountains where the Ute Indians used to inhabit. All beautiful mountains created by the one true God. All majestic,solid, ancient,and stable. This time though I looked at this mountain with a greater vision...perhaps because I am older (no wise cracks lol), maybe a little more wiser and more experienced with this blessing called life. The journey through life will do either of 2 things, make you or break you. Maybe it sounds better to say you can be molded to become what God intended for you to be or you can become your own creation. The latter gives me the willies...when I think about living all this time and at the end only becoming what I think I should be...sheesh now that's scary! I think we all agree that God certainly has a better plan for us! Much better to at least try living by His Word, than to do our own thing and blow it! Trust me folks, our only true hope is in Him and His plan, His Word. Looking at Stone Mountain through my eyes at this season of my journey, I saw and understood God's ongoing stability, His never changing dependability if you will. His promise to never leave me nor forsake me...that He would ALWAYS be there. After having major brain surgery years ago (no wise cracks please lol), that experience definitely took me to another level of trust. Then watching my husband pass into eternity with his last words being "Thank You Lord" and "Praise You Jesus" on his lips, that certainly gave me a view of God's constancy and reliability. But it has been my day to day walk that has shown me that He can be counted on, that He is stable, that I can rely on Him even when I do not understand it. He is the Ancient of days, always was, always is and forever will be. He is solid, unmovable, everlasting. Listening to recent events in the news can be frightening, if you are not careful one can easily become a recluse, not trusting anyone or plagued with agoraphobia, a fear of going outside. Believe me the thoughts have crossed my mind...but we cannot truly live that way. Instead of allowing fear to grow and take root, we must allow God to be who He says He is...The Rock. No not Dwayne Johnson, the former wrestler turned actor either...The One and only True Rock is none other than Jesus Christ!
The name that is above any other name, the name that some are ashamed or afraid to mention, the name that some think is politically incorrect to mention in public, the name that some use to profane and swear with...it is STILL the name that is above all others, it is the name that gives me peace in the midst of the storm, it is the name that rocks me to sleep when I am anxious, it is the name that comforts my grieving soul, it is the name that calms me when I am afraid, it is the name that gives me hope when I am weary, it is the name that gives me joy when I am sad, it is the name that encourages me when I want to give up, it is the name that helps me to go on each day...THAT name can be counted on...it is Majestic, it is Solid, it is Ancient, it is Stable and forever will be!
In Him we can have Hope, in Him we can depend upon, He is our Rock!