July 20–Stones and Rocks–Polished to Brilliance!

Stones and Rocks have been part of many stories in the Bible—the stones that Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob–and so many others–set up as altars to the LORD; the twelve stones, engraved like a seal with the names of each of the twelve tribes of Israel, that were mounted in the ceremonial breastplate of priests who served the LORD; the twelve stones taken from the middle of the Jordan as a memorial sign of the LORD’s faithful leading of Israel into the promised land; young David, before he became King, took up five stones, though he only needed one—to conquer Goliath and the Philistines who had defied the armies of the Living God; the LORD Himself is referred to as The Rock—my Rock—over and over again; Jesus Christ, our Messiah, is the Cornerstone and the Living Stone; And we ourselves, as followers of Jesus Christ, are called to be living stones, built together with other believers, to love, serve and represent our LORD.

 As you come to Him, the Living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter2:4-5

I have collected stones and rocks from many places, under many circumstances—as a tangible way to remember the journey and thank my God for leading me faithfully. Even when I didn’t know how or where or why I was going or what I would encounter when I got there. Yet, remembering and knowing that God was not only leading me; God was also actively shaping me, as is His purpose, “…to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” (Romans 8:29)

And most of the time that shaping and conforming has not come easily.

A card I got recently expressed that exact sentiment. It reads: “The most beautiful stones have been tossed by the wind and washed by the water and polished to brilliance by life’s strongest storms.”

Our LORD has collected His people—His living stones—by His unfailing, conquering love.  And in Jesus and through His unlimited grace and eternal truth we each are to be shaped, conformed and transformed more and more into His likeness—so that we will be “polished to brilliance!” 

In this way, our very lives will become a memorial stone and a sign—a brilliant sign—pointing others to our Lord Jesus and His transforming, loving power!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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