Melting Rocks

“…changes rocks into pools of water…”

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“Tremble, earth, at the Lord’s coming, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who changes rocks into pools of water
and solid cliffs into flowing springs.”  (Psalm 114:7-8)

When we think of rocks we think of strength, something so strong that we can use them for foundations of homes and skyscrapers.  As I watched the waves pound these rocks on the coast of Maine I was reminded that the rocks were once part of the cliff where I was standing.  With time and great power the waves and wind had whittled away at the cliff leaving rocks scattered along the way.  With more time the rocks will be reduced to the sand at the base of the cliff, and with more time…  I am always in awe of the power of the wind and waves.  I am also in awe of the power of God to create and renew.  Imagine, power such that the Psalmist cries, “Tremble, earth, at the Lord’s coming, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who changes rocks into pools of water and solid cliffs into flowing springs.”

Sometimes it’s hard to see the hand of God at work.  When we’re in the midst of heartache and crisis it can be especially difficult to see God using the power of divine love to mold and make each day and moment for our good.  Yet other times, when life actually is going pretty well, can also be difficult occasions to see the hand of God at work because we get comfortable and forget to look.  Once we forget to look its easy for us to forget to believe – that the power of God is behind every part of our lives.

When I’m counseling with folks in the initial stages of recovery from an addiction I always warn them that one of their most vulnerable times for relapse is when everything is going well.  That’s because they quit doing the things that were helping them stay on the road to recovery.  They quit focusing on the disciplines they were taught that help keep them safe and healthy.  They quite “looking” if you will – and then comes the fall.

The power of God is real and available for our healing and transformation, and for the transformation of the world.  God has never stopped this power, we’ve only quit looking.  If rocks can be transformed so can we.  God’s love in Christ is real and available.  I pray that God will keep me looking.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on August 1, 2012.

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