God’s Personal Visit
28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’”
32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?”
34 They said, “His Master needs him.”
35-36 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street.
37-38 Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:
Blessed is he who comes,
the king in God’s name!
All’s well in heaven!
Glory in the high places!
39 Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”
40 But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”
I am a rock. You are a rock. Here a rock. There a rock. Everywhere a rock, rock!! Sorry that’s just what came in to my head as God told me to write about rocks today. He showed me this vast quarry filled with tons and tons of rocks. Some were big, some small. Some tiny and some massive. Colors of every kind could be found among these rocks. They had different shapes and sizes. Some were sharp while others were smooth as silk. Some were even both rough and smooth. Some were even broken. Many of these rocks were saturated in the water while others lay out upon the dry sandy ground. No matter where the rocks were located, they were being worked on.
Does this look anything like our Christian society today? Some of us are rough around the edges while others are smooth. We all come in different shapes and sizes AND we come from all different places. Do you see the picture? God wants us to see the whole picture I think and it goes back to the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, we could say the same thing about these rocks. We should not be judging a rock by is size, shape or color or even where it came from. Our journey with rocks this week will unveil the meaning of how we are transformed constantly. Each of is a work in progress and God is not done with any of us!
1 Samuel 17:40
He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
Most of us know the story of Goliath and how he killed his giant with a stone but I always wondered how he chose his stones. Did he have a special place where he went to get his stones? Did they have to be a certain size or shape? How many did he pick up and put back down? How should we pick our rocks to slay our current enemies?
What would our rocks be in these modern times? It’s not like we can just go around throwing rocks at our enemies in broad daylight and getting away with it.
I think that perhaps we need some grace. One of our rocks should be grace. In order to properly deal with our giants, we need to have grace. We need to be able to decide if perhaps the giant is the way it is because of past hurts or its upbringing. Maybe we don’t really need to slay it after all, it just needs a good dose of grace.
Love should be another rock we look for. Jesus left us with the commandment to love one another. Perhaps if we could just learn to love our enemies here again there would be no need for any death to occur. What about truth? That would be a pretty good rock to have in our possession. What if the whole issue is that neither of you know the real truth of the matter?
Compassion would also be a nice rock to have in the collection, much like grace it is very powerful. If we could learn to come alongside our giant and maybe change some mindsets with some pure understanding the disagreement could just be dissolved. Peace I believe would be one of the best ones to own. Much like the river it was probably taken from, peace can begin to flow. When we are at peace because we have sought God in the matter, things are put into better perspective.
Now that we have our five rocks, how are we going to approach our enemies? With a mindset of GRACE and a heart ready to LOVE, we can search out the TRUTH and find PEACE while using our COMPASSION to allow God to work through us to bring about healing in a persons life. After all, a giant is just another person with feelings, emotions and a history. What if you are somebody’s giant, how would you want to be approached?
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
Did you ever sit on the edge of a lake and search until you found that perfect rock? You search and search. You pick one up and put it back. Then you find another one and get excited but it’s just not the perfect one. Finally your search comes to an end as you find the most perfect rock you have ever found. Now, what do you do with this special rock? You show it to your family and friends, you show it off as your newest treasure. You are so proud of your rock you can hardly contain the joy. Then what happens?
You get home, set it on shelf and forget about your treasure and you are on to the next best thing. Before you know it you have a jar full of rocks, each unique in its’ presence yet still just a jar of memories you are saving for a rainy day. Wow, does this sound at all like our walk with God on some occasions? We seek and we seek until we find the perfect antidote to our issue and then we file it away somewhere only to visit it once in awhile because we have lost our joy and have fallen into the next trap Satan has set up for us. If only we would treasure each rock we find and keep it close to our hearts. If only we could claim each nugget of truth as our own personal treasure we could be so much farther in our walk and better prepared for the next encounter.
I sought after God for many years during my first marriage only each time I found joy I gained false hope because I used wisdom as a band-aid instead of a life application. If only I had held on to God a little closer each time, perhaps my time in the valley would have been shorter.
Holy Spirit intervention….stop with the “if onlys” Change them to lessons learned
I noticed that I was using a lot of “if onlys” in my blog and I needed to rephrase what I am speaking. We often use “if onlys” as a crutch to get us through and make it seem like we are off the hook, however we do more damage because we are only hurting ourselves. We need to see these gems as life lessons, treasures to be held close to our hearts for longer than just a moment in time, but for always.
Go ahead, search for those rocks. Cling to them. Roll them around in your hand. Ponder in wonderment at their uniqueness. Treasure them for their ability to make you smile. Same with the God moments in your life. Learn to glean the lesson and then apply those lessons to every aspect of your life. True joy comes from knowing that at any given moment Satan could throw you into a tailspin but you can just smile because you can find that jar on the shelf, reach in and grab a stone to throw at your Goliath; laughing all the way to your next adventure because you already know we win every time with God, it’s in the Book!