Where’s the Creek ? (“The Long Journey to “Alleluias” edition)
It is the Lenten season. We are in the thick of our journey toward Jerusalem. While we know there will be Resurrection, we also know the way will be filled with teachings, exhortations, misunderstandings, meals, prayers, conflict, and denials. All before dawn on the Third day!
As you and I follow our “pilgrim’s road” toward Easter through our routines of the day, or the meditations of our hearts, our goal will be to grow in faith and understanding.
I once had a fossil, now hiding from me, which appeared one day on the ground next to a rock retaining wall. The piled stones marked the limits of a garden at the base of an old maple tree near the front door to our house. The stone had cracked and opened through freezing. Half exposed appeared some kind of petrified ancient mollusk. I carefully removed it from its resting place. Over the weeks as I held the fossil and turned it over in my hand, it began to symbolize for me 1) Psalm 24 http://bible.oremus.org/? passage=Psalm+24&vnum=yes&version=nrsv
And 2) Gospel Luke’s quote of Jesus in his answer to those who wanted him to calm down his disciples’ exuberant shouting. “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Luke 19:34-40
I realized in a new way that even creation itself speaks of God! Growth in discipleship is crucial. But, if our Lenten course of growing in faith and understanding were to slow to a stop today, the glory of God would still emerge. So, journey on. And listen. The stones are shouting…
34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Luke 19:34-40