Two Rocks and a Lesson in Faith

Two Rocks Teach Me A Lesson in Faith

Two Rocks and a Lesson in FaithA beautiful mauve and rose rock caught my eye as I stumbled across the red desert dirt. I bent down and picked it up. Jagged edges stood out like little mountains on three surfaces, while smooth swirls of color danced across the stone. I couldn’t toss it—it reminded me of the rock formations trapped inside the petrified logs at the nearby Petrified Forest National park.

I rolled the rock absently in my fingers and swiped the tears from my eyes with my other hand. Grief, uncertainty and sorrow scuttled around my heart in an epic sword fight for my attention and emotions. I had a dear friend in crisis and once again I felt helpless, cut off and worried to death.

My lips formed incoherent prayers as I rambled along the dirt road. The sharp edges of the rock kept me somewhat distracted, and my thoughts took off like a jackrabbit. If only I knew how to cut rocks and had a rock polisher, I could turn this little rock into something really beautiful!

Another rock caught my eye as I crested a steep hill. It looked as if it had already spent time under the cutter and in the polisher. Its smooth oval surface had stripes of silvery gray alternating with opaque white and buff. Of course, I had to pick it up and brush off the dried red mud that clung to it. What a beauty!

Two rocks—both at different stages, but equally beautiful. The smooth rock had served its time in life’s tumbler and polisher—the forces of nature had born upon it until the rough places had worn down. It had suffered abrasion and friction and constant tumbling until it came out smooth and beautiful. The other rock had started out a mineral in a fallen tree. It, too had suffered compression and change and had come out beautiful—different, but beautiful.

And then it hit me. I cannot smooth out the rough edges of my beautiful mauve and rose rock. That job belongs to the Master Stonecutter. He sees the beauty and the potential and he knows exactly what tumbles in life and forces must bear down on the rock to turn it into exactly what it was meant to be.

So it must be with my dear friend, as well. I am not the curegiver, I can only act as a caregiver. Click To TweetI don’t know what to do, but I can let Christ work in me to displace worry at the center of my heart. Each time I worry and fret and stress over my friend, I can choose to turn my incoherent overly active imagination into a prayer. I can praise God and petition him, and he will shape my prayers and guide my tongue and my actions and gently remind me that he is in the business of curing—and I am in the business of caring.

Who would have thought that God could use two rocks to teach me a lesson in faith?  It shouldn’t surprise me, I suppose.  He is God and I am not.

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Phil. 4:7 MSG Click To Tweet

What about you? Are you struggling place your faith in God right now? How do you cope with worry?

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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Anita, the message here is most profound. And yet, what captured me most this time was the artistry in your writing. While I haven’t followed you long, I believe that I am watching you grow as a writer. What a joy. This line in particular was exquisite: “Grief, uncertainty and sorrow scuttled around my heart in an epic sword fight for my attention and emotions.” Keep writing!
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  • Anita, wonderful post. Amazing the lessons God can teach from two rocks. As I read this post, I remembered a quote I read earlier this morning by Charles Spurgeon, “The sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which the child of God rests His head at night, giving perfect peace.” May we come to the place of complete trust in our God, who works in our lives as He knows is best.
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  • Rough can be beautiful.

    One day when everything was going wrong, the arrival of a double-ugly AH-64 gunship…the “Apache”…saved the day.

    It’s all lines and angles and missiles and a great whacking cannon under the nose. It doesn’t fly; it insults the air into allowing its passage.

    But in its ugliness, it is the deliverer of life.
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    • Amen! It’s interesting that Isaiah foretells that Jesus wouldn’t be pretty–people would despise him and hide their faces from him (Isaiah 53:3). But oh, the beauty that he brings!
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  • Thanks, Anita!! Once again your thoughts and lessons from Father speak right into my circumstances and I can relate. I love this…”I am not the curegiver, I can only act as a caregiver!”
    In fact I might need to tape this thought to my forehead!!

    I am in prayer for you and with you as we carry our love and care and concern and hope for those we love right up close in the Throne Room of our Father. Our prayers are a fragrant aroma to Him; a beautiful offering and He receives every single one. And will bring to pass every thing that is good according to His perfect will and timing.

    Blessings of Great JOY, Anita, on your amazing adventure journey through the rocks,
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  • I think we all have felt that way at one way or another. Sometimes I definitely don’t think I have the words to lift to God in prayer or if I do they aren’t always the most coherent. Yet God does ask us to lift them to him and to give up our worries too doesn’t he? I wrote about persevering in prayer over at my blog today.
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  • In college I would worry about everything. I heard a sermon around Christmas time of my sophomore year. It was about how worrying can take a grip on your life. It spoke to me and I printed out the bible verse about not worrying about tomorrow because today has enough troubles of its own. It changed me from the inside out. I still worry, but not in the same way. It doesn’t grab hold of my life and I am quicker to hand it over to God. He is in control anyways so it should be the first thing I do.
    Thanks for the insight and the link up. 🙂
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  • I am so sorry to hear that you have been going through a rough time, I love hearing your heart though. You write so beautifully and the way you express the lessons God is teaching you is very uplifting (and INSPIRING). I pray that God will continue to comfort you in this season.
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  • Wonderful reminder of God’s soverign work in our lives – how He takes the rough and broken, and refines it into something beautiful! I have learned the truth of this in my own life. God has been taking the brokeness I experienced due to childhood abuse, and is redeeming it into something truly beautiful. I am sharing my journey of healing at I’d love it if you’d stop by and share your thoughts.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Kamea! I love hearing how god has worked in other’s lives. May he continue to use you for his glory.
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  • What a simple but powerful statement: “I am not the curevgiver, I can only act as the care giver.” It is so tempting to want to make things better for others, and at times it is in our power to do so. But often, we must support them and trust God. Thank you for this post today.
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  • There is such beauty in your words as well as in your heart. The longing you were feeling to help your friend is the same longing God feels for us as He craves our time. I love the verse you chose and the image of the stones and the stonecutter. Faith comes in all sizes, colors and shapes but it is always led by God. Blessings friend!
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    • Thank you for your kind words. May we always remember that he pursues each of us and we have to trust his pursuit in the lives of our family and friends (even if it doesn’t look like the way WE would do it 😉 ).
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  • Beautiful way to illustrate something that is so hard to do–to let go and let God.
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    • It’s not easy, but it’s necessary for peace of mind, I’ve discovered.

  • Anita, this is a beautiful analogy. Just beautiful. I love this idea. He is the master creator in all things. Oh how his nature testifies to his glory. Love this. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.
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  • Hi Anita, thank you for the link up. I really appreciate this post. Only God can smoothen out our rough edges. Thank God for his amazing grace.
    God Bless Anita and how are you?
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    • Thank YOU for stopping by! I’m doing well–trusting God to smooth the rough edges isn’t easy, but it’s important!