Actual rocks referred to in the blog post
During the time each year when we live in Mexico to be near our daughter and her family I take a daily walk on a rural path. Along the path I pass a cluster of huge boulders up high on a hill. Every time I look up and see those big rocks I think of Psalm 61:2 that talks of God being like a rock, a rock that is higher than us.
The characteristics of these rocks I see on my walk – big, unmovable, and high up – are characteristics the psalmist saw in God. As we face the struggles of life and find that our “heart grows faint” as the psalmist put it, we too, like the psalmist, should focus on God.
When we face a difficulty, challenge, setback, or problem there’s the tendency to either fixate on it so that it’s all we see, try to distract ourselves from it by focusing on something else, or (and this is usually considered the best option) try to deal with it with all we’ve got, as best we can.
There is, however, another approach, a much better approach, and that’s to look to God. We more often than not glance Godward as a last resort. Turning to God should be what we do first. Going to God should be our knee-jerk reaction, going to our knees in prayer. When all else fails we try prayer, but we should go to prayer before all else is tried and fails.
God has designed us to depend on many things in this life including air, water, food, and other people. He’s also designed us to depend on Him. Because He’s given us a great deal of freedom we’re free to ignore Him. The good news is that we also are free to turn to Him, which, if we really stop and think about it, is a smart thing to do!
“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