Rocks. Lots of rocks. You see, in Minnesota, you have to pick rocks. Every spring, after the ground thaws, rocks rise to the surface of the field. Farmers can't just leave them or their equipment would be wrecked. So, much of May and June is spent picking the rocks out of the field and hauling them away. These aren't just pebbles either. No, the little rocks are left in the field. These are rocks ranging from the size of a football to the size of a piano. Seriously. And each year, you have to go over the same exact fields picking up new rocks. They just keep coming.
It really is one of the most annoying things I've ever seen come from nature. Yep, rocks sure are a persistent, never-ending issue in the life of a Minnesotan farmer.
Besides being annoying, these rocks have made me think about God and the way He designs and works in this world. Yes, besides rocks, God reveals something persistent and never-ending about Himself too.
God's love revealed in Jesus.
We read about this in Romans 8.
"And I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:38-39, emphasis added).The words I italicized really jumped out at me today. Sometimes, I just let so many rocks get in the way. I am really good at worrying and over-analyzing. The unknown often gives me anxiety. I allow these things to block out the love of God.
It's really silly. These rocks make life harder for me. The love that God has for me is always there. Sometimes, the rocks in our own heart need to be picked. I need to get rid of my worry and anxiety so I can enjoy the benefits of God's love. God's love gives me freedom from worry. God's love is perfect and good. I can rest in that truth and know that everything will be ok.
We have to be diligent, like these farmers up here. They know that in order to have the best production, they must get rid of those rocks. It is much the same for our hearts.
God is good. Allow Him to show you the rocks that have surfaced so you can both receive His love and give it out to others. I pray He will do the same for me.
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