Devotions By Jan

Rock Garden

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2007_CE_B_rock_garden1Scripture for Today:  Luke 19:39-40  “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!’  ‘I tell you,’ He replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.'”

I come from a family of rock hounds.  That is why a favorite vacation destination when growing up was the Petersen Rock Garden near Bend, Oregon.  Perhaps the obsession with rocks is in my genes as our family name is similar; Peterson.  The four acres that comprise this garden are filled with structures made mostly from rocks found on the farm.  The Danish owner built it from 1930-1950 and it is still standing today.  The rock structures were mostly built with patriotic themes.  If rocks could speak, then they must have been expressing to this Danish immigrant his strong feeling for his new homeland!

In our verse for today, it is surprising to learn that stones can literally speak, should the Lord command it.  At the occasion of Christ’s procession into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, crowds lined the streets waving boughs from nearby trees.  The crowds and the disciples were fulfilling the prophesy of Psalm 118:26.  The disciples were shouting, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”  Had they not verbalized this, Christ would have commanded the rocks to shout it!

God’s will can not be thwarted.  If He says something will happen, it will!  All His prophecies will be one day be realized.  He is always true to His Word.  What He says is worthy of our trust and confidence.  He has all the power accomplish His Word, even if it means commanding the stones to speak!

There is no circumstance in my life that will frustrate His plan for me.  Thank you Lord, that I can count on You and Your promises.

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