Posted by: New in Every Way | July 9, 2012

What Can You Do With Rocks?

“You want a rock?” our Israeli tour guide asked. “Take one. We have plenty of rocks.”

I had noticed! In the Midwestern section of the United States, where I live, we have plenty of trees and thick prairie grass. So, to me, the rocky hillsides dotted sparsely with green—or veiled with sand-slides—did not seem particularly people-friendly. But that was before I noticed all the things you can do with rocks.

For example, we saw some limestone feed/water troughs in the ruins of King Solomon’s stables. Cisterns, workbenches, olive presses, and any number of other ancient artifacts were fashioned from rock. The walls of buildings were made of stones, chinked with pebbles and mortar—or with limestone blocks quarried from the hills. In modern Jerusalem, a law requires buildings to be constructed with limestone or marble. That’s what gives it its clean, elegant appearance.

Building with rocks doesn’t seem as easy as hammering nails into wood. But rock is more durable. That’s why we can see the remnants of Peter’s mother-in-law’s home, walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel in Old Jerusalem, and so on. Stone walls are good for something else too. I had a hunch that the plaster-over-stone walls of the synagogue in reconstructed Nazareth Village would be cool. So I sat down on the stone bench and leaned against the wall. Sure enough—it was slightly cool in spite of 100-degree temperatures outside.

The psalmist David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd. I have all that I need” (Psalm 23:1 NLT). Now

Ancient structure using blocks, rocks, and chink stones

I have a better understanding of what he meant. The stony shepherds’ fields around Bethlehem (David’s boyhood home) abound in caves where sheep can be sheltered at night. And when he couldn’t find a cave, he had plenty of rocks for constructing a mighty safe sheepfold.

God provides before we even ask.

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of Godabove all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT).

Making It Personal

  • Has God provided you with more than you realize?
  • Are you asking him for wood when you are surrounded by rocks of all sizes and shapes?

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