“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 61:2 (NIV)
The natives of Newfoundland Canada affectionately call their island, “The Rock”. As we toured the beautiful province of Newfoundland we soon discovered why the local people use this name. Everywhere you look in Newfoundland there is rock. Few were the photos we took in the province (we took over 700!) that did not have rock somewhere in it.
As we took boat tours around the coast line and in the many bays, we saw rock rising out of the ocean to heights of several hundred feet in certain places. Inland was no different. The hills and valleys showed exposed rock everywhere.
There was something comforting and peaceful about our touring this remarkable island in the Atlantic Ocean. I wondered what a tsunami would be able to do to the coastline of this rugged place. The island seemed so secure and resistant to any possible destructive force.
Augustus Toplady (1740-1788) was a wonderful preacher and hymn writer. Among the many hymns of praise to God he wrote was “Rock of Ages”. The first verse reads:
Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.
People in all generations have sensed security in a mountain of rock. Such structures provide us with a sense of the permanent and immovable. When a cottage is built on the shore of a lake, the builders dig down to “bed rock” to make a sure footing for the structure.
We find that when our lives are turned upside down by adversity we need to find that “bed rock” to steady ourselves. It is like people when they first come off a ride in the circus or midway. They feel dizzy from being swirled around. The first few steps they take help to make the world stop swinging around. Firm footing is so important after our world goes out of control.
Our verse today speaks of the writer’s heart being frightened and chaotic. It is then that he seeks the “Rock” to steady his steps and help his world settle down. Perhaps today, you feel that your life has experienced an earthquake and you are unsteady on your feet. You are invited to come to your Creator who is described in Scripture various times as the “Rock”, the One Who is immovable. Pray today’s verse several times and believe that the Lord will hear and answer you as He did the Psalmist.