At the end of May, this year was my second wedding Anniversary, and my husband and I decided to go camping down in Shenandoah National Forrest down along Sky Line Drive.
Right before Charlie and I went on this trip I was doing a bible study with my mother-in-law and some of her friends. I distinctly remember this passage while studying that really stood out to me from Luke.
37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, m“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were silent, the very stones would cry out.” – Luke 19:37-40
I want you to take a moment and read that verse again, I know I have read this verse before and sung about this verse but I have never really thought that deeply about it. I remember the day that I was studying it, I stopped what I was doing and told Charlie you need to listen to this!
I do not know about you guys but when I read this I was mind blown to think that Jesus does not need us to sing his praises if we are not there to sing them surely then the rocks will cry out his praise. I know you could read that and feel slightly put down at the thought of if I am not needed then why do I matter.
Well, I will tell you this, we may not be needed by our God, but there is something much better we are wanted by God. The fact that we are not needed but wanted relieves all this pressure it is like a big weight is lifted off our shoulders.
Think about it this way, if you were not needed but wanted by your job how much less stress would that be. You would not have to worry about carrying the load or continuously striving to get everything done, all you would have to do is show up and that alone would be enough to make your boss happy. This is the same with God all we have to do is show up as we are, we do not have to strive to be good enough.
When Charlie and I were hiking on our vacation, I heard God speak this verse over me. We were on our way up to Mary’s Rock when we came to this section of the trail where there was nothing but rocks all around. I remember looking at them and being brought to tears. I stopped to tell Charlie, “Do you remember the verse I shared with you where Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the Pharisees told Jesus to tell his disciples to stop praising him. Jesus then responded with surely if they stop even the rocks would cry out?” (My paraphrase) Charlie responded with “Yea, I remember.” I told him, “Just look around at all of these rocks. We may not be able to hear them but they are singing Gods praises as we speak.”
It amazes me how God can just show us how monumental every verse of the Bible is. No matter how many times I have heard that verse he chose that moment in my life to show me how great his love is for us.
His glory is truly everywhere we look. I feel so blessed that Charlie and I love doing things outside and are able to take in all of the beauty that he is created. I truly feel so close to my Lord when I surround myself with all of his creation.
I want to pray over everyone and myself that we open our eyes to see how if even the rocks sing his glory that surely we can as well. I pray Lord that you will show yourself to us as we continue to grow in our relationship with you. I want to give you thanks for everything you do for us and continue to do with us on a daily bases. I pray for protection over our relationship with you Lord. I pray this in Jesus’ precious and holy name – Amen.