The Rock

“And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.” Psalm 78

When I was in college, I took a geology class. Studying rocks was O.K. But science has never been my thing. I was less than thrilled to take the mandatory science course.

I remember being delighted when the professor told us that our final project was left up to us, and could be in any art form we wanted! In other words, I could WRITE a story about rocks.

After learning some basics about rocks and their formation, I decided that the three basic types of rocks would fit nicely into a classic children’s story. The three little pigs!

In my version, each little pig built a house out of the various types of rock found on planet earth.

The three main types, or classes, of rock are sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. The differences among them have to do with how they are formed.

Sedimentary rocks are formed from particles of sand, shells, pebbles, and other fragments of material. Together, all these particles are called sediment.

The igneous rock’s name is derived from the Latin word ignis meaning fire. Igneous rock is formed through the cooling and eventual solidification of magma or lava. You can find a lot of this stuff in Hawaii.

A metamorphic rock has been changed by extreme heat and pressure. The environment has actually morphed the rock into something new.

Something new.

Rick Warren says,

“God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.”

Like the metamorphic rock, sometimes, we have to go through painful changes to become like Christ.

“Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.'”

As Christ-followers, we are called to become more like our God, the Rock. We are to be “tested stones”. We are to be firmly-placed.

In order to be tested and firmly placed, I believe we need to try and embrace the changes we are going through. I want to yield to the changes so I can morph into something stronger.

My three pigs story got a A+, and earned me an overall A in the class as well. Although at the time, I hadn’t been excited about the class, now I look back at geology as one of my favorite classes. It changed my outlook on science and made me a better student.

How about you? What is God using in your life right now to make you more like Him? I’d love to hear from you!

Writing in answer to His call,

Hosanna Barton 




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