Rocks in the way?

I have always been drawn to moving water, be it waves, rivers or waterfalls. There is something magnetic in its sound, whether it is a trickle or a rush. There is life and freshness and renewal in the unceasing movement. The water remains active, for there is no passive way to maneuver around rocks and sticks; changes of direction and other obstacles. Should the water decide to stop moving, the obstacles would soon create a dam and all would grow stagnant and lifeless.

So it is with us. There are always going to be trials that appear before us, beside us and around us. Jesus promised us that we would indeed have troubles.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 NIV

But we do have a choice in how we react to those troubles.

We can choose to become overwhelmed by fear and stop moving forward. If we make that choice, soon the problems begin to pile up so high that we cannot move in any direction at all.

There is another option. We can choose to allow God to strengthen us to face what surrounds us, trusting in His unfailing love and His grace that works in us. Sometimes God will remove the rocks; sometimes He will whisper in our ear and give us the strategy to move around the rocks; and sometimes He will fill us with enough power to simply flow in a mighty rush right over the rocks.

Whatever way God chooses to help, we overcome and continue moving onward.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.  James 1:2-4 The Message

I thank God for the rocks, pebbles, sticks and stones, for without them I could never hear the waters sing with joy.

What obstacles seem to be in your path today?  Ask God to show you His way around them, through them or over them.

Keep living for His glory,



  1. Love this….”I thank God for the rocks, pebbles, sticks and stones, for without them I could never hear the waters sing with joy.

    What a beautiful reminder.

    • Thanks Eileen!

      I know we please God when we rejoice in all situations!

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  2. Our sermon series this weekend was about looking to Jesus, not the circumstances. Not knowing this I had been speaking to a woman who is really stuck in some anxiety issues in her life, I wanted to encourage her as someone who is rising out of the stronghold of worry(PRAISE GOD), to keep her eyes on Jesus and if all you can mutter out at the very height of her anxiety is the name of Jesus it takes the focus off of our troubles and it at least for me, gives such peace. She said she would try it and prayers are being lifted to Heaven for her.
    My daughter was at camp this past week and it rained most of Monday and I mean a torrential rain and then the water pump broke. Oh my! 178 kids and adults unable to shower or flush-YIKES! It ONLY lasted a day and a half, but it was another example of looking to Jesus and not your circumstances.

    • It is easy to praise Him when things are going well, but there are untold blessings when we rejoice in the harder times.

      I know He is pleased with your praise Janet!

  3. Thank you for posting. I needed to read that today. Yes, thank God for the rocks and that there is another option to overcome them as we don’t have to do it by ourselves!
    Great Post!!!

    • Very true Jenelle – God wants to help us each step of the way, it is in our foolishness we try to handle things on our own.


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