Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Wednesday, February 25
Read Deuteronomy 32:1-44

“They are a nation void of sense; there is no understanding in them. If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern what the end would be. How could one have routed a thousand, and two put a myriad to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, the Lord had given them up? Indeed, their rock is not like our Rock; our enemies are fools.” (vv 28-31)


I’ve had more of them than I care to remember. Those humbling moments that can either make you want to disappear from embarrassment or laugh so hard at yourself that everyone else laughs, too. The one I’m thinking of today happened back when I was working at Lutherdale Bible Camp. We were walking to our evening campfire worship in the dark, flashlights in hand. As we came to an area that was a bit uneven because of rocks and tree roots, I was being the responsible staff person and warning those around me to watch their step. Just as the words “Don’t trip!” came out of my mouth, I stepped on a loose rock and stumbled, which made it sound a bit more like “Don’t triiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip!” The irony was not lost on anyone, as they checked to see if I was OK and shared a good laugh — although not necessarily in that order.

We feel secure when we are standing on solid ground, but sometimes the ground that appears solid can be deceiving. A few loose rocks under our feet on a path can cause us to stumble or fall. Driving through the mountains, we are warned to watch for falling rocks — boulders that come rolling down a mountain across the roadways. Not all rocks provide solid footing. Not every rock that we put our trust in is a solid rock that can be depended on.

Although the solid rock of Christ’s love for us is always supporting us and lifting us up, we often create layers of rocky paths between us and that solid foundation. In our independence, we think we have laid out our own straight, smooth roads leading toward financial security, education, relationships and countless other things we put our trust in. But those rocks are not like our Rock. They all have the potential to shift underneath us, and they need something beneath and behind them for support.

The one and only solid Rock that we have to depend on, that we can rely on and build everything else upon, is God. There are no loose rocks there. Nothing to trip us up or to fall down on us. It reminds me of a camp song – one we probably sang the year of that memorable “trip.” The chorus goes something like this:

I stepped out to meet the Lord. O yeah! I stepped out on the rock.
Prayed my last prayer that the Holy Ghost would meet me there.
Well, I stepped on the rock, the rock was solid – oo oo,
the love of God came a-tumbling down…”

I’m grateful for that solid Rock in my life, and for the love of God that continues to tumble down.

The Rev. Kristin Neitzel Associate Pastor

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