The quote got me thinking about the "rocks" in my life -- you know -- those things we may think of as stumbling blocks. We may be tempted to curse them when we stub our toes or trip on them.
But there's another way to look at rocks. Did you ever climb to a rocky high place to get a great view? Did you ever sit on a rock to rest or walk across the big flat rocks in a creek so your feet wouldn't get wet or just stare in stunned awe at a rock formation that reflects the glory of God?
Everything in life is an invitation -- even those heavy rocks we have to lift to get to a goal. They develop our muscles and make us strong. They teach us that working for something makes it all the more valuable when it's achieved. They give us materials that can build not only a beautiful rock wall, but a strong character.
I'm looking at rocks today in a new way. And I'm thanking God for them. Many things that don't seem like blessings really are when we alter our view a little.
|honeybee on a rock|
Heavy rocks and bee stings: they both offer us a blessing. And my beekeeping friend said whenever he goes out to his hives he sings a song to the bees to let them know he's coming. "Your sugar daddy's here, little darlin's. No need to fear." And then he listens to hear what they tell him. If their song is cheery, he goes out and works his hives. If it's agitated, he sings that he'll come another day and not to worry, they're okay. I loved it! And I'll be singing my own song to the bees while I take the heavy rocks off the hives that keep the lids secure against the wind.
Rocks and bees -- yes, indeed, the Lord God gave them to us for our benefit and not our harm. Praise the Lord!