2020-05-06 - Rocks and Things
Yesterday, I got to play with some river rocks. My husband finished replacing the dilapidated wooden lattice around the bottom of our utility shed for some made of vinyl. Two sides needing repair on the 10’ by 14’ unit are outside our fence, back and left, and the other two are within the fence-front and right. Around the front steps of the building, along with the right wall edge are where I had the river rocks, before moving them into the wheel barrel so my hubby would have room to work. Some might find the ground preparation tedious, but in most ways, I rather enjoy it-focused on the results. My body does not always concur, but if planned properly, it shows no more anger toward me than from much else I do. I rinsed off the river rocks, as well as adding some more to the pile, edged out the ground area next to the grass. The soil was soft, but not muddy. As I crumbled clumps of surface and subsoil dirt inside of my worn gloves, it dropped to the ground, where I raked it into a smooth pattern before patting it all down with a hoe. I covered the terrain with a doubled piece of landscape fabric, tacked it down and slowly began to form the cobblestone causeway next to the tool hut. As the rain began later in the evening, I was relieved the non-guttered building had a place for the streaming droplets to fall and rest. Mission: ‘beautification and terrain erosion reduction,’complete!
As I pressed on the rocks into the recently moistened soil this morning, I thought of how each time I begin to feel inept as a servant- God lifts me out of the mud and sets my feet upon the rock (Psalm 40:2). The rock is a metaphor for his being my place of safety in times I need him to renew my strength (Psalm 18:2). It started out as a literal rock, with the commands on a tablet, to guide God’s people to the promised land. God wanted more than that - a relationship with his children. He wanted more than letters written on a page or a piece of rock, but wanted us to feel the love he has for us - and in came Jesus to write the truth in our hearts to carry it with us (2 Corinthians, chapter 3, NIV). Jesus is how we feel the spirit of God’s law and the reason we choose to walk it out it based on our love for him. True love. The details of this love letter are in his word, and Jesus is how God showed me the spirit of the law as opposed to the letter of the law. It is not that the letter of it no longer exists (Matthew 5:17,18), yet for me to better understand his intent, he needed to convey the spirit through the son (also 2 Corinthians, chapter 3). I am very grateful to have a heavenly father who cares so deeply for me and all his children, that he wanted to share himself with us. &rdqu;For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone that believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.&ldqu; (John 3:16 New Oxford Annotated Bible-NRSE, 1991 edition) How we share it with others is part of his mission: ‘beautification and terrain erosion reduction of the souls of God’s children’- to be completed upon the return of our Savior. Even though the stone was already rolled away (Mark 16:3-4) it is almost like we can consider ourselves part of an enormous crowd of people working together to move the giant stone away from Jesus’ tomb site. Big challenges can be won by crowd cooperation. The mission starts and ends with a rock-Moses to Jesus.
Let’s get to work.
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.