God Rocks

large rockI volunteer weekly as a Eucharistic Minister at a Boston hospital. Time and time again I am inspired by the strong couples I encounter. One couple recently celebrated 40 years together and told me that they had much to thank God for. Another couple had been together over 50 years and also seemed to still be very much in love. But you know what I hear often from such couples? They often tell me that the other is their rock. They tell me how they simply wouldn’t be if it weren’t for their spouse, but they use this rock language.

Rock of GibraltarIt’s not a gentle image. It’s a strong one. Rocks are sturdy, they are used as foundation, for traction, and support. They stand the test of time. One patient called his wife “the Rock of Gibraltar”, a rock landmass off the coast of Spain that has the reputation of invincibility – nothing can destroy it. What a beautiful image of stability and endurance, especially in the context of a loving relationship. Support is something we all need. We need someone to count on.

The image of rock is throughout the Bible. Here are just a few examples:

  • “The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
  • “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge…” (2 Samuel 22:2-3)
  • “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” (Matthew 7:25)
  • “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

In a world that is shaky, where our faith and emotions and certainties are shaky, God reveals a solid foundation in the rocks of our life: trusting and loving relationships, prayer, religious ritual, and forgiveness. We just have to seek them, because they’re everywhere.

Where are the God rocks in my life?

Rocks you can turn to:

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2 replies

  1. I never thought of God this way. One day in 1990 or 1991, when I was first back to church, and struggling with a personal challenge, a priest asked me about my God rocks, although not in quite the same terms. Suddenly this powerful image of me clinging to a rock in a storm came to me… I had not thought of that experience in a long time. Thanks for the reminder, and for so many rich images of God as rock.

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