Well, we did it! We had six tons of river rock delivered on Saturday, and spread probably five tons of it over our walkway. We’ll use the rest for other projects, as well as touch up the walkway here and there as it settles.
The different colors and shapes and sizes of rock creates a beautiful mosaic. It reminds me of the Church. You know, the real Church, not the building where the church meets.The family, doing life together.
God’s Word likens the Holy Sprit to a river. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 nasb
Some have been in the river a good long time, shaped and smoothed by the flow.
Some have a deep connection with others, a gift of empathy. So much so that their own countenance is altered by the pain and joys of others.
Some have soft hearts which become beautifully scarred with their encounters and experiences.
Some are new to the river, edges still rough, yet beautiful in their purpose. Those rough edges may poke and prod the family, and even cause pain at times. Those sharp edges expose the tender and unsurrendered in us, so that we realize the need to submit ever more- and in that submission, become stronger.
Sometimes disaster crashes through our lives, leaving us broken and scarred. The church family surrounds and cradles us in the current as the River heals and refines.
All are part of the mosaic, being washed by the Spirit, moved by the Spirit, transformed into the image of Christ.
Looking at our river rock walkway takes me back to summer days going fishing with my mom and dad. I didn’t actually take hold of a fishing pole. Instead, I spent my time searching among the rocks in the shallows of the river. Funny thing was, the rocks looked so colorful in the water, but when they dried, they lost their brilliance; the colors became muted.
In the same way, when we wander away from the river of the Spirit, our spirits become dry. Sin and cares and worries will coat us and weigh us down. If we are to retain the full luster of the life God intends, drawing people to Him, we need to be “continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52 nasb
Can you see how the water enhances the colors of our rock?
When I walk on our new path, I see a glimpse of how our Church family is to fit together- every part unique and necessary.
Do you ever feel that because you don’t look like others in the Church, that somehow you don’t belong or aren’t important?