Episcopal Lotus Flower in Bloom

Spirituality, Liturgy and the Tao of Inner Peace

I am a Rock…

“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil.”  Luke 4:1-2


Simon and Garfunkel wrote “I am a rock, I am an island, and a rock feels no pain and an island never cries.”  I connect to these lyrics a great deal lately.  I feel alone, not sure of any of my surroundings, I find myself not wanting to be close to anyone.  Do you ever feel that way?  For me, I have recently been going through a substantial time of growth in my life, particularly in my spiritual life, which sometimes is much like being in the desert, or an island. A desert can be lonely, can feel uncomfortable and you can be lost in a landscape which you are unfamiliar.  You are never made a stronger swimmer by swimming in the calm waters, it is when you face the waves that you find your level of strength.  The same with our spiritual walk, we don’t become better when we stay in our comfort zone, the calm seas, if you will, it is when we seek more, when we face the ups and downs, when we challenge ourselves to step out into deeper waters that we find our strength.  As you become more comfortable with yourself and your beliefs you may find that those that were around you before are not as comfortable with you now.  You may feel like I feel alone, but you are never alone.  “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 {also see Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5}

He is with us, He never leaves or forsakes us, He knows what we need and like a mama bird, He pushes us from the nest…fly!  Unfortunately, for me, I wanna fly too soon!  Sometimes we must wait in the nest, getting our strength and nurturing from our father before the flight.  It is during the preparation for the journey we learn. “Wait on the Lord Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord”  Psalm 27:14  So even if you think you are alone, even if you think where is my life going?  You are not alone, God is with you.

And guess what?  He has been there as well!  I was just coming off of a mountain top experience when I first started to feel alone.  I wondered why?  Maybe you have felt this way too after a “high”  or a close time with God.  I have noticed there seems to be always be a valley after the mountain top…why?  I was reading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism…”As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:16  Wonderful right?. THE very next chapter, very next verse, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil”  Matthew 4:1 Just when the dove has descended and the Lord has spoken such praise over his son you would think it would be a moment for relaxing or enjoying the moment, but no there ya go…into the desert, tempted 40 days and 40 nights.  Ain’t that the way though?  If it was that way with Jesus we can feel comfort He knows where we are, He how it feels, the strength it takes, and in that I take refuge…I can’t be in any better company. Reminds me of an old hymn “Rock of Ages cleft for me let me hide myself in thee, let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed. Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and power.”  You may be like me, feeling like an old rock, hard and jaded, but there is a rock that is much more powerful to lean on, and he’s been right where you are, and He knows how you feel.  Lean on Him, let Him be the rock you cling to and hide behind.  He’s got this.  You got this – being alone, growing in faith and spirituality can be a good thing. Blessings for the Journeys my Friends.





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