Tuesday, March 10
Read 2 Samuel 22:44-51
The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation. … (v 47)
A lot of singing is associated with this verse. Both King David of Israel and Robert Lowry, composer of the hymn “My Life Flows On In Endless Song”, speak of clinging to the rock that is God for safety and salvation and singing praise and thanksgiving. I'm all about singing, so I could easily relate.
However, I digress. I'm supposed to be talking about rocks, so I will circle back to undergrad work at Wichita State. I had studiously avoided taking math and science courses and concentrated on the social sciences, majoring in English with minors in Spanish and anthropology. As graduation neared, my adviser sounded the alarm, and I ended up in Geology 101.
The class was held in the basement of then Fisk Hall, one of the older buildings on campus. The room was dusty and shabby but well suited to studying rocks. We spent a lot of time with our boxes of rocks, comparing and sorting based on color, type and creation.
Then we moved on to topography and how geology related to our daily lives. I began to appreciate rocks and wondered how the phrase "dumb as a box of rocks" came into being. As I began to be able to recognize metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks, as well as discuss their origin, stability and use, I became an even bigger fan of rocks.
Rocks are not dumb. They have enthralling stories to tell if we are willing to slow down and listen. Think of what fossils tell us about prehistoric life more than 200 million years ago. Scientists have made great headway in their study of Machu Picchu, and teams are working to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge.
So, David, warrior and singer of songs, was wise in using the rock as a metaphor for God. We would do well to follow his example.
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