Updated: May 15, 2020
1 I take refuge in you, Lord.
Please never let me be put to shame.
Rescue me by your righteousness!
2 Listen closely to me!
Deliver me quickly;
be a rock that protects me;
be a strong fortress that saves me!
3 You are definitely my rock
and my fortress.
Guide me and lead me
for the sake of your good name! (Psalm 31:1-3)
Good Day Family,
Rocks are stable, unchanging, strong, solid. Rocks provide security and can be used to build things. A structure made from rocks has weight and depth. It’s not easily moved or shifted. At the same time, a single rock can be held close. If it’s small enough, it may even fit within the palm of your hand.
A few years ago, I began to collect rocks. I’d been given one during an exercise at a spiritual retreat. After that, there seemed to several occasions when I would receive a rock. I keep the collection in my study at the church building. Some have words on them, to encourage and inspire. Others are blank. Some are smooth and others are rough. But, they are all rocks. When we went into the stay at home phase, I brought a number of items home from my study, including a couple of plants that I knew would need to be tended. There were documents and notebooks that I thought I might need so I collected them as well. But, the rocks, I let them stay in their place. They don’t need my attention. They’ll be the same when we come back as they are now. Even the few times, I have snuck into the building to check mail or to pick something up, I don’t even think about the rocks, because I know they are constant and sure in place.
God is our Rock, and while I do encourage us to pay close attention to God, we need not worry that God will change due to our circumstances. God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. We shouldn’t take God for granted, but we can rest assured in God’s unfailing presence and abundant love. That is our refuge in the midst of uncertainty. The Lord is our sanctuary during the time of trouble. Praise the Lord!
An update for this week:
Ø New Bible Study: Beginning this Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm, we will resume our mid-week Bible study, focusing on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. We will meet on Zoom. Here is the link for that study: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/98567939167?pwd=S2Q3WUFUSDFnSDJlZnRPblZDR2RNUT09 (Note: This is not the same link as Sunday morning worship.)
Standing on the Rock,
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