I’ve been moving a lot of large, smooth stones for a creek bed project. In the past, they had experienced rapid river waters flowing well over their heads, quiet trickles or occasional rains. Now they’ll sit as a quiet landscape to beautify the yard and handle heavy downpours. If called they are ready for another purpose.
When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, crowds cheered, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” The Pharisees ordered Jesus to tell the disciples to be quiet. Jesus replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:38-40
The good news of His coming was so overwhelming that, if human voices failed, the most ordinary, inanimate objects of the earth would have to shout His praise.
If we miss God in the big picture, He will be sure to make Himself known. The ordinary stones of our lives are ready to tell us something important. They praise a God who is ever-present. They bless the name of a God who cares.
Like the unexpected note that picks up our spirits. Or the nearby parking space when we’re in a hurry. Or the hug from a friend that says, “I understand.” In life’s tough times, evidence of God’s care may seem to evaporate. But His presence in daily moments is there nonetheless, if we’ll just listen to the stones. They rock.