I remember, as a child, scrambling over the prehistoric cliffs of Highcliffe-on-sea on the south coast. The cliffs were forever crumbling that would unearth thousands of fossils of tiny shell fish and animals. My friend and I would spend hours searching through the clay and mud in the hope of finding something that nobody had ever seen before. What an adventure that was. I also remember, scattered all over the beach were rocks and stones with amazing crystal formations. These formations had been formed by thousands of years of exposure to the sand and salty seawater leaving a multitude of sparkling colours. I used to wonder what if I could break one of these rocks open? Would it look like the precious stones in the gem shops? Could I get rich from them? The problem was how to break these stones open. Hmm. A child’s mind is a wonderful place. Full of dreams and wonder…

Its funny, because years later, whenever I hear the phrase “He/she is my rock” my mind wanders back to those rocks on the beach and their sheer strength. No matter how I smashed at them with my dad’s hammer, I wasn’t strong enough to break them. There was one lesson for life. A good rock can be relied upon to stand strong for you.

How many rocks do you have in your life? Stones and rocks appear all over the place in the Bible. From the stones that bore the Ten Commandments, the stone that David killed Goliath with, the rock that Moses struck in the desert with his staff to quench the thirst of the Israelite’s, there are so many. But the most impacting passage, for me bar none, can be found in 1 Peter 2, Psalm 118: 22, Matthew 21: 42, Acts 4: 11, Luke 20: 17-18, Mark 12:10, to name just a few. It is simple, “The stone
that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”.

The more I think about this, the more impact it has on me. The more imperfect we are, the more God wants to use us. Wow, how powerful is that? I find it really reassuring that no matter I much I feel rejected from those around me, the more God wants to use me. No matter how damaged or rough I may be, God has a purpose for me. Sometimes, it is only by getting damaged and taking the knocks can we be truly ready to be used.

As I write this, I have another passage in the bible fighting to come out. It is at Mark2:17 “ When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” These two passages, for me, have become so important in my life.

Take some time, if you can, to just mull over these thoughts today. I do hope they give you the peace that I found in them.

Oh yes, I never did break that rock!!

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