When it comes to God’s creation, I know very little, but stand in awe of its intricate complexities. When I snapped the photo of this boulder on top of Mt. Scott in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains, I was amazed at the various hues and colors that clung to its surface. It seems like a gigantic piece of abstract art.
My granddaughter said it looked like God took a paintbrush and slung it, splattering paint in splotches. It does look like that. But it’s not something slopped on; it is methodically placed. Only a Creator could do it. Each color is applied in tiny raised dots about the size of a straight-pin head. Each dot is made up of even smaller dots in a circular form with a cavity in the center. Remember, now. The entire dot composed of other dots is only the size of a pinhead. These little dots are then grouped in hundreds of thousands of dots which form larger splotches such as those you see in this photo.
The most recent splotches are lemon-green. I’m told it is a fungus, lichen to be exact. I’m guessing the darkest colors are the oldest, but I think the pink-purple dots were formed the year before. Then there are blue-grey, darker grey, browns, adobe colors, charcoal and black. It is an amazing sight to ponder and meditate upon.
It seems like the entire surface of this boulder was formed by compiling and layering those teensey, tiny dots. Year after year, more are applied. The marvel of the colors is that each individual color is hard as the rock itself. I tried to pick off the green, but couldn’t. It was part of the rock–each locked onto the other, without regard to color preference. It makes me think of how God holds us to Himself. Each of us who know His Son Jesus is fused into the heart of God and nothing can separate us from His love.
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:5-8
This boulder is alot like the Rock upon which Christians base their faith in eternal life. All people who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and rely on Him for saving grace through His atonement, are Christians. But not all Christians are the same. We are each distinctively different. The Lord manifests His presence through our individual gifts, talents, personalities and knowledge–just as each color on this rock has varying dots to form the splotches of stone. Just as some hues are deeper in color, some Christians are deeper in spiritual growth.
All Christians base their faith upon the Rock–Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone of faith. What matters is not the color of our skin, the depth of our spirituality, the length of our infusing, or the degree of understanding in our attachment. What matters is that we are part of the Rock–the Everlasting Rock of Ages.
PRAYER: We praise You, O Most High God. We thank You for Your steadfast power and mercy. Keep us ever mindful of our resting place in You, our Refuge and our Hope.