I stood at the back of the room, peering in. Everybody else knew things. Deep things. About a rock. And frozen pond water. Apparently author extraordinaire Henry David Thoreau had written about a stone back in the day, ya know, in “Walden Pond.” Uh-yea, that book that sits on my shelf and I’ve tried to read it time and again and again, but to no avail. I’ve. Not. Finished. It.
And if I had, it’s highly doubtful that I would have remembered a somewhat boring stone-tossing escapade. How fast did it fall? How deep is the water? Hmmm.
Now, if it had been a frozen horse turd toss, I reckon I would have remembered that.
Anyway, regarding that poetry lesson, I gave it a go because the teacher had written a most intriguing poem about a stone. I liked it. It had varied meanings. As the poetryPeople discussed it, I typed out my comment – a question, actually. Then I left it alone.
Later, as in the very next day, whilst I read the first part of Matthew 7 in the Sermon on the Mount, I was reminded of that blasted poetry stone lesson. It was a rock, buckaroos. Just a hard hunk o’ matter. Nonetheless, when the Creator of the universe lays something on your heart multiple times ‘n quick-like, ya listen.
And ya listen good.
Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV):
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
So, we are to ask & seek & knock. After some study of those first two lines (7:7-8), I wrote in my journal that we are to persistently pursue God.
And the bread & stone & fish & serpent? Weird, huh?
Whatheck is that about?
I uncovered something exciting in those three lines (7:9-11). Sometimes we unknowingly ask for “serpents” or “stones.” BUT, GOD (as our Heavenly Father) knows what we diggety-dog, deep-down, honest to Pete, really need. And quite frankly, the more we know Him, His Son, and the more we understand their love for us, the more our desires and wants will line up with God’s will for us. Back to the rock.
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
I learned that even though it may seem our payers, even our hard sought after pleas and our earnest prayers, go unanswered — we are not privy to the goings on of the whole, big, wild world. BUT, GOD is. So, He knows if we’ve asked for a stone or a serpent.
That’s ’bout it for my countryGirl Bible lesson. Oh, wait, there is one more thing: my own poem about the highly elusive, multi-faceted, uber-talented, spectacular stone.
Kerplunk! a stone
breaks water’s face
earthly matters lay
about in shards
piercing to crimson
rivers. Father staunches flow
presses hard – into
wound as I lay
weary, heavy against
His chest. “Child of
Mine, I’ve made
bread – take