Picture it with me, dear brother or sister!
It’s a hot, humid day, and you’ve been walking for a few hours. Exhaustion is setting in as you arrive at a vast meadow.
In the meadow are three things.
- A strong, slightly flexible walking stick about 1 1/2 inches in diameter that someone has plunged into the ground and left standing there.
- One old, rotting fence post, and
- A huge granite boulder that cannot be weighed.
You need something sturdy to lean on to rest in your weariness.
Which one do you choose?
You lean first on the walking stick, but it requires too much self-effort to balance, and it is not well anchored. You quickly fall over as the walking stick breaks free of its loose bonds of dirt.
You get back up and lean on the old fence post, but it promptly breaks and splinters, and you scrape your arm in the fall.
Finally, you approach the rock. You choose the side where a slight shadow is cast, in spite of how high the sun is in the sky.
You lean on the rock, and it holds firm. As you rest in the shade it offers, you find all the rest for your weary body that you need. You even find a tiny, bubbling spring in the shadow of the Rock where you gladly get on your knees and drink and are refreshed!
How many times in life have we thought our own understanding was enough, but when we chose to lean on that walking stick, we fell because it’s not strong enough or anchored in the right thing?
And have we leaned also on stale, old religion, only to find it, also, too weak?Perhaps we have even been hurt by it?
But the Rock! We can lean on Him and not fall!!
Ahh, the Rock! He is strong and will not be moved!
God is our Rock, in whose shelter we find rest and protection from the heat of life’s trials!
The weight of His wisdom and power cannot be measured!
In the shelter of the Rock we find all the rest for our weary souls that we need. He even offers us to drink of living water from an endless source that will never run dry! In Christ we have His Spirit in us, and we can get on our knees in His Presence and drink from the living water of His Word to satisfy our thirsty souls! He offers us His love, peace, power, comfort, and wisdom till our cup overflows!
Leaning on the Rock, we can bring Him every fear and be sure that we are heard and that our requests will be taken care of!
In the field of this life, I choose to lean on the Rock from now on!
How about you?
How does this picture lesson speak to you?