I got a rock

“I got a rock”. - Charlie Brown

That is my favorite quote from the classic cartoon, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

While trick-or-treating, the Peanuts gang stopped to inspect their bags filled with goodies. They exclaimed in delight as they pulled out candy and gum. But when Charlie Brown looked in his bag, he found only rocks.

There was a time - not too long ago - when it seemed as if others were eating up the sweet parts of life while I was left holding a rock.

For several years, I took care of my mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It was the hardest season of my life. But when I look back, I realize it was also the most rewarding. And it was because of a rock.

Not Charlie Brown’s kind of rock. The rock I had was the Lord himself.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. - Psalm 62:2

Before David was king, he was hunted down by King Saul who wanted him dead. No one knows for certain how long David was on the run. Some experts say fifteen years while others say seven. Eit

her way, that’s a long time.

David was constantly on the move. He stayed in caves, on mountains and even in the desert. He did not know where or when his next meal would be. He relied totally on God for survival.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. - Psalm 62:6-7

In Psalm 62, David mentions God as his rock. Not once, but three times. After it was safe for David to return home, he sang

a song praising the Lord, again mentioning the rock.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior - from violent people you save me. - 2 Samuel 22: 2-3

The rock is a metaphor that reminded David of us God’s strength and protection. And it’s true for us today.

When mom was first diagnosed, I asked God to walk with me on this journey.

And he did. Every day he walked beside me. He gave me rest and provided just enough light to see for that day. And that was enough.

He is my rock. He is my salvation.

How has God been a rock in your life?

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