Holy Week begins with Jesus making an surprising entry and ends with an amazing exit. And rocks play an important part in both. On the way in Jesus tells the shushing Pharisees that even if his followers are silenced the rocks will cry out. Then at the tomb, it is a rock that introduces them to the resurrection: the stone is rolled away!
So while it appears that the rocks are the stars, let us never forget: Jesus is the stone that the builders rejected.
I love walking. I love walking in Arizona when I’m visiting my mom. Feeling blessed to be able to do that this week.
As we travel closer to Palm Sunday and Easter, I have been thinking a lot about rocks.
There are a lot of rocks in Arizona. I took the picture of the rocks on my walk the other day.
I wonder who put them there. I wonder why.
In the Bible, a pile of stones marked a special moment—a sign to remember. In the old hymn, Come Thou Fount, we sing: “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’m come.”
Do you know what that means? We aren’t singing about Scrooge. The verse is a thanks to God for his care in bringing us through or to something.
What has he brought you to…or through lately?
The stack of stones stand as a reminder to you, and a testimony to others that we have a God who goes with us (through whatever we’re facing) and brings us to where he needs and wants us to be.
Prayer: God, some of the things we’re facing seem difficult, confusing…okay—downright impossible. We can only get through with you. Help us. Sustain us. And we will give you thanks…and a testimony.