Thank you for all your prayers! I am recovering today and doing pretty good. Now just waiting a week for the results will be a bit challenging... But it's why I wanted to do this bible journaling page last night.
I keep coming back to this concept of God as my rock. I've done several pages (and will probably do more) on this idea. But I don't know if I understand this idea and why this saying is in the bible over 24 times? So I wanted to dig deeper...
If we think of a rock we think SOLID, STRONG, UNCHANGEABLE.. those certainly describe our Lord GOD.
I think of the rocks in Yosemite. A couple summers ago we had two boys from Italy stay with us for a month. We took them on a California road trip and one of their favorite places with Yosemite... but they didn't know how to pronounce it.(Pronounced "Yo-smite" to two Italian boys... It was quite funny but they finally got it) They are from a part of Italy that has rocks EVERYWHERE. Lake Como is basically a lake with mountains all around it. They grew up climbing and hiking and so they were climbing and jumping from rock to rock... They even decided to climb Bridal Falls! The beauty of this place and the nature and ROCKS was astounding and they were amazed by it!
You can't see them, but they are up there pretty close to the top! I chose to stay down at the level below...
But I remember having conversations while we were driving in the park about God. What a perfect place to see His beauty and CREATION and share our faith with them.
Back in the Old Testament a rock was a source of LIFE when God caused water to flow out of a rock for Moses in Deuteronomy 8. The rocks were also a SHIELD in the wilderness to hide and protect Moses and also David. Rocks were also used to build walls and fortresses as a DEFENSE and were a sign of STRENGTH against danger.
David used this analogy of "God my Rock" several times in the Psalms:
Psalm 61: 1-3 "Hear my cry of God, listen to my prayer, from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower again the enemy."
God is our REFUGE. He is our STRENGTH. We can hide in Him and He will take care of us. He is also our source of strength when we are worried, tired, sick... you fill in the blank. He wants to be our SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL ROCK in times of distress.
Psalm 62:1-2 "Fod God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken."
I wish I would have brought this into our conversation on those mountain rocks with these two boys...
My prayer is that we ALL find God to be our refuge and strength in our lives.
Just like those rocks will always be there, you can ALWAYS rely on God to be there for you.
One of my favorite songs right now is "God my Rock" by Brenton Brown. Here's the video:
I hope this blesses your day!
Hugs to all,