“It’s me. I chose this. I chose all of this — this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. I’ve been moving towards it my whole life.” from Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
How many times have you moved on? How often has your life been packed into cardboard boxes and suitcases or jammed into the back of a van that barely closes?
You clear up, clear out and in doing so you wipe away all the traces of the life you once lived. The pencil marks that told the kids’ ages, the chip in the paint where the bed hit the wall when you moved in, all the black and blue and rainbow marks scrubbed and mended until the house has no tales left to tell.
You find that library book that went missing a year and a half ago, a Lego man is finally reunited with his spaceship after an extended period of captivity under the furthest corner of the sofa. There’s photo frames and children’s games, baseball caps crammed into a box with fake roses and tea lights.
You have this thought: the easiest thing to pack are these soft teddy bears, they are so accommodating. You vow that next time you move you will have more teddy bears and less china.
You think about all the things that have changed along with your address book. Banks and Governments failing to keep their promises, little children hunted and killed in their classrooms, wars grinding on, the Boston Marathon shattered, in Oklahoma a monster from the sky that ripped people’s lives wide open, in England a soldier is brutally murdered in broad daylight on an ordinary day.
Why does everything move on at break neck speed when still is so much better for the soul? And how in the world do you hold on when everything is shaking hard?
Maybe it’s time to shift focus from the things that are moving and find what your soul longs for. Someone to trust when trust is no longer easy, something eternal, immoveable. Like a rock that hides you from the hard places.
Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee…they were singing that years ago when sons were being sent to other wars and children died from hunger and diseases we have since found cures for.
All things are passing. It comes like a whisper on the wind… Governments, home ownership, insurance policies, the latest diet, home security systems, the A List, hatred, ignorance, greed, abuse and pride. All things will be shaken until the unshakeable remains.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13 v13, NIV
“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God alone is changeless. He who has patience wants for nothing. He who has God has all things. God alone suffices.” St. Teresa of Avila
He believes in you.