One of my hobbies is collecting rocks; I’ve been doing it since I was 7 years old. My dad would humor me on vacation by stopping along the side of the road to let me pick-up rocks. I couldn’t convince him that you had to go to special places to find special rocks! When Kathy and I got married, we spent our honeymoon camping in Colorado, collecting rocks. Most vacations we take are spent collecting . I’ve written many articles on rocks and I have put together many rock collections for kids and teachers – some of those ‘kids’ are now adults and still have their collection!
When I look at all the rocks in my collection – the beauty; the crystal symmetry; the order; the awesomeness of their variety and form, I am reminded of their Creator – the ultimate ‘Rock’. David says in 2 Samuel 22: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.’ Isaiah 26 says this: ‘Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.’ It’s a common misconception that the rocks of the earth are solid and enduring. The truth is that sun, rain and wind will reduce every rock to rubble over time; but Isaiah says that the Lord is the eternal Rock! Recall the words of Psalm 78: ‘They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.’ And the words of Matthew 7: ‘The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.’
So, the next time you go rock-collecting; remember that our Lord is the Rock eternal; that our Lord, the Rock is also our Redeemer and when we build our house with Him as our foundation, the storms of life cannot destroy us. ‘Rock of Ages, Cleft for me…..let me hide myself in Thee.’