We had an interesting time sharing stories from the Bible that included rocks or stones. Can you think of some? David and his slingshot with rocks, Moses that struck the rock for water, remembrance stones, Jacob who used a rock for his pillow, the woman who was going to be stoned, the rocks that would cry out in our place, Satan tempting Jesus to turn stones into bread, Jesus as our cornerstone, and much more!
Of course, there was a large stone that was rolled away from the tomb where Jesus was buried. Then there is the white stone mentioned in Revelation 2:17:
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”
How did I not notice that before? A white stone that would symbolize a vote in your favor, a judgment of innocence, a covenant of safe passage, new privileges, a new identity only known intimately by God, eternal hospitality, security, victory, and honor. How awesome is that!
Then we painted rocks to be placed in strategic places to be found by others - messages of hope. Today, I was able to hand one of mine to someone who “happened” to stop by to check out our facilities - as we will be doing a memorial service for her son. She said it wasn’t a coincidence that she came at that time. No it was not. And she was blessed to meet our ladies and to be given a rock. I offered her one of my rocks and she chose my “faith” rock because she could use the extra encouragement at this time. Praise God for these moments.
Another praise report: The day after this post, Myung notified us that she received a call to receive her new kidney. God is good! I told her that this was her "white stone". Her surgery went well, but let's continue to keep her and Byung in our prayer as she recovers from this major surgery.