Smooth Stones


When we traveled to Idaho a few years ago, we walked over a short suspended bridge. We could look down right, to this river bottom, and see lovely smooth stones. These were most likely shaped and smoothed by the tumbling action of the stream.

This experience reminded me of  Scriptures and a praise chorus.

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. ISA 51:1 HCSB

Originally stones were quarried with mallets, axes, hammers, chisels and any other kind of tool that would break the stone loose. In this day and age of power tools there are diamond burrs, laser cutters and jet torches. The quarried stones will need to be shaped and smoothed or carved by hand or smaller machinery later.  Stones like the ones in this river are the ones I am usually drawn towards. Sometime to slip in my pocket as a stone to remind me to yield to God.

We were taken from the same stone quarry as Abraham and all the way through the New Testament people of John the Baptist, the Apostles, and the believers who have followed Christ because of the New Testament writers’ words and the power of the Holy Spirit. We, too, need to be shaped into rocks that will honor the Lord. We are called  Living Stones.

As you come to him, the Living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1Peter 2:4-5

“We have everything that we need to be a disciple of His. We just have to be willing to be faithful and diligent to do our part in the cutting and shaping process. Then we will fit exactly where the master craftsman intended us to fit and be that living stone that He intended for us to be.”

Some writers agree that water can shape rock through persistence over a long period of time. I believe that the River of Living Water is not controlled by time. As we yield to the work of the Holy Spirit and the River of Living water, cooperating with the Risen Christ, I believe He can shape and mold us into vessels of honor for His use in whatever time He chooses.

Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  John 7:38 NIV

Have you asked the Lord to smooth your rough edges for Him to use you as a smooth stone? Are willing to become living stones for His use? I often sing to the Lord:
“Rub me smooth, rub me smooth,
By Your living water rub me smooth.
I am a sharp stone quarried from the earth,
by Your Living Water rub me smooth.”

In Revelation 22:1-2a John shows us a vision of the New Jerusalem: the NIV reads,”Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. “

That is one river I cannot wait to visit.