Box of Rocks


It’s hard to write when you’re in the middle of a fight. But, I suppose, it’s usually in the middle of your greatest fights that you discover, like I do often, that’s when you have something worthwhile to say.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

That sounds like pretty good advice, doesn’t it? Right up until you realize that the day you’re facing appears to suck pretty bad.  

You know the kind of day I’m talking about.  That day that starts with a 4 year old projectile vomiting all over your last clean suit, when you’re already running late for work and all out of sick days.  Or the day your landlord serves you with eviction papers only moments after you got another email saying you’re overqualified for the position you applied for (and you KNEW you were overqualified…you just need a chance to WORK), so they will not be considering your application. Or, the day when your spouse is packing up their belongings on a quest to, “find themselves,” and you are left to try to explain it to the pairs of young, frightened eyes, looking at YOU for an answer.

You would think that is the day that disqualifies that enthusiastic declaration. Nope.

This is THAT day.  That day was meant for YOU.

And, if you already knew that…this message is meant for YOU.

When I sat down to write this, that scripture jumped out at me.  I didn’t realize when it did, that it was at the tail end of a song that King David wrote, when he was in the middle of one of THOSE days.  In the 118th Psalm, David talked about his enemies surrounding him like a swarm of bees, pushing him violently to make him fall.  How, in the throes of this mess, he had determined to rely on the Lord. Because he knew, if he could stand NOW, in the midst of THAT day, and take it as a chastening, as a teachable moment, he would ALWAYS be in a place to say, “This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes,” wherever he found himself.

Standing strong, like a stone, in the face of a tumultuous storm. This is what the Lord desires…REQUIRES of His beloved children. That we stand like stone in the face of days that seem insurmountable.  When it looks like there is no imaginable way that you will make it past this day to see another one.

Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone, asking us to be, “steadfast, unmovable,” and always about our Father’s business.  This means that we are, like Jesus, going to run the risk of being rejected and kicked against.  We are meant to be a monument, a testimony of God’s faithfulness. And the only way that works is if we STAY PUT.  Being consistent in our walk with God is the primary mark of one of God’s ‘standing stones.’

It’s not an easy thing to do.  If it were, everybody would do it.  And, there are a lot of people that use that as an excuse for not being that strong, that sturdy, that steadfast.  It requires that we see things, not as they are, but as we expect them to be, once God has gotten us through the process. It requires that we declare the end from the beginning, much like our Father does throughout the Bible.

And there’s that…the Bible.  We gotta read it like it’s the TRUTH.  If we can’t see it like God says it, we have no Rock to stand on. In it, we have very clear instructions on how this goes. It’s that truth that will make us strong enough to stand on those days, to call them marvelous,  and keep us from faltering and washing away on the days that really are marvelous.

It is then, that we can come together and, as in 1 Peter 2:5 says, be those, “lively stones,” that God needs to build His kingdom on the earth.  And, like Peter himself, be a part of that box of rocks from which God has built His church.

 

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