A Box of Rocks

box o rocksAt morning coffee with friends at Fitch’s Grocery, the language can be colorful and descriptive. Idiomatic phrases abound. Someone recently referred to an acquaintance as being “dumber than a box of rocks”. We all chuckled and gave a slight nod of affirmation.

The connectivity in my brain at times seems to defy logic. Somehow that day, my thoughts jumped from “a box of rocks” to a fun church youth group chorus. I started singing, under my breath:

Ain’t no rock, gonna cry in my place!
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify his holy name.
Ain’t no rock, gonna cry in my place!
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify his holy name.
Ain’t no tree gonna wave its branches!
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify His holy name.
(by LaMarquis Jefferson)

My next mental connection linked to an incident in the Biblical account of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem during the passion week. “Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”  But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:37-40, NKJV). 

The next connection with scripture then came to mind: “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12, NKJV).

I know that folks have probably said about me, “He’s dumber than a box of rocks.” I may not be the smartest person in the world, but I am smart enough to “rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works I have seen.” He has forgiven my sins, He has saved me, and He has given me the gift of eternal life. He has given me a hope and a future. Therefore, “Ain’t no rock gonna cry in my place” and “Ain’t no tree gonna wave its branches in my place’. How about you? Do you praise Him for all He’s done for you? If not, you should.

If we keep silent, the stones will cry out in our place.

~ Brother Roy

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