Rocks and stones have many and varied uses. Rocks can designate a boundary; perhaps for a garden, a path or a homestead. Rocks can cover a flower bed and act as a weed barrier. Rocks can become walls that keep things in or keep things out. Rocks can be stacked and staggered to build homes, roads, bridges and buildings. Rocks can be so big that they are called mountains and so small that they hurt us when we step on them. However, these same rocks become more and better under pressure. Under pressure rocks become diamonds, jewels and stones that sparkle and shine with beauty.
Psalm 18:2 NLT
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”
Just as David praises God as his Rock, as his place of safety and security, we too should run to the Rock in times of trouble. Jesus, our Rock transforms our barriers into a blessing. Jesus, our Rock protects us, prepares us and shields us from the arrows of the world. Jesus, our Rock, is our fortress and protector against the angst of the world. Jesus, our Rock helps us become better at handling the angst of pressure and more joyful as we traverse the bumpy roads of trouble.
John 16:33 NLT
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
When there is pressure and trouble (yes, there will be pressure and trouble) run to the Rock. As Jesus helps us grow and transform, we too become more and better. With the Lord’s help we can turn the stumbling blocks of trouble into treasures that sparkle and shine with His love. Jesus tells us clearly to take heart, hold onto him, He has overcome the world.