Even the big rocks
My dad taught me a lot about life.
We didnt have frequent, long, deep heart-to-heart talks when I
was a child. He didnt spend a lot of time indoctrinating me on
his views. But he spent time with me. We played catch, golfed and fished
together. We spent long hours on the crisp, clear streams of northern
California. And it was during those times, little by little, that I
gleaned the benefits of his quiet, godly wisdom.
Because we hiked through forests,
on deer paths and along the remote portions of rivers to get
to areas less fished there were certain things he taught me to
watch out for: poison oak, sharp branches or thorns in the underbrush,
and moving rocks.
As I reached my teen years and became
more adept at making my way across rugged landscape, I became more self-confident
and less careful. Frequently I would bound across a crevice onto
a neighboring boulder. My dads direction was simple and to the
point: "Son, test the rocks before you put your full weight on
them. Even the big rocks move."
I ignored his advice until
I learned the lesson the hard way. Negotiating a bank slightly above
the riverside I found myself with a choice: Take some extra time to
go around the sure way, or leap onto a large boulder a short distance
in front of me. I chose the latter. And when I landed, I felt this gigantic
rock quiver slightly before it gave way and precipitated me unceremoniously
down the bank and into the water. I was just pulling my drenched form
from the waters edge when my dad emerged from the safe, longer
way. "Even the big rocks move," he reminded.
Its a lesson I have carried
into my adult life and ministry. I have seen Christians throw their
whole weight spiritually upon some big name ministers. And when the
big name fell, these disciples landed hard. The greatest saints have
flaws. Every rock will fail us but Jesus, the solid Rock. Hes
the only Rock we can have faith to leap upon with our full weight. No
one should ever lose out with God because a man fails.
When tempted to throw more dependence
upon a "giant of the faith" than upon Christ, remember that
even the big rocks move. If you have your weight on Jesus when a big
rock falls, you wont fall with it.