I really enjoy combing the beach for new rocks to add to my collection. I look for rocks that are unique and different from ones I’ve chosen before, so the more I look, the more discriminating I get. Also, I’ve noticed that although there are some rocks that in general consensus are pretty or interesting, others appeal to individual tastes – what I like might not be particularly attractive to Elaine & visa versa.
Looking at all the rocks on the beach this morning made me think of the body of Christ. Some rocks are very large and easy to see and some are very small and hardly noticed, with varying sizes in between. Some rocks have brilliant color and even some sparkle, while others are dull or plain looking. Some rocks are jagged, with sharp spots, while others are totally smooth. Some have a very distinct form & shape, while others have no symmetry whatsoever. Some rocks have broken places and/or flaws and others are amazingly formed and whole. Some rocks are porous and others are quite solid. Some rocks look great when they are wet, but rather boring once they dry & visa versa. There are so many rocks to choose from, that most get passed over without even a glance. Also, I noticed there are places where there are fewer rocks that are spread apart & not touching each other and other areas where the rocks congregate in a massive pile.
There are many correlations that can be drawn from all these observations about the body of Christ and I will leave it to you to meditate on them. But I love to look at all the rocks and think about the fact that God made us all unique and distinctly different, just as He did each of them, and no matter what people do or do not value in us, we are all created by Him with our own special purpose & value. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” – so what lessons do you learn when you look at His creation?