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The Cleft of the Rock
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“While my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by” Exodus 33:22.
We always hurt the ones we love, without ever meaning to do so. If only we could wipe away their pain and kiss their heart to assuage the hurt feelings. There were two friends who were on a journey. At some point, there arose an argument between them, so one of the friend wrote on the sand near the sea shore that his best friend had fought with him on that day. Later as they continued onwards, the same friend saved his life from drowning, so he etched these words on a rock nearby that his best friend had saved his life. When asked the reason, he replied that what was written on the rock will stand forever, whereas, what was written on sand will be washed away.
Similarly, in life, we should allow the waves of forgiveness to wash away all the pain and hurts. The healing words and joyful events of our lives should be like a firm rock, forever rooted in our hearts. The shining moments of our lives are the ones that will always stand out and over ride the sad times.
Today in Church, I, somehow, could not get these lines from the hymns sung out of my mind “ When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
I also seem to have carried these words in my heart :
“In your presence, that’s where I belong
In your presence, that’s where I am changed
In your presence, that’s where I am strong
Seeking your face; Touching your grace
In your presence, my Lord.”
We read in (2 Samuel 22:32-34) “For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.”
In Psalms 46:1-2, we are consoled with the words “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
God , who is the Rock of all ages is our strength and hope. Those who stand on this rock will stand firm in faith and never be shaken.
The Cleft of the Rock is Jesus Christ, it is in Him alone that we are sheltered, protected, redeemed, justified and sanctified by his wounds and blood. Those who hide in the cleft will experience an everlasting refuge.
Thus, Let the sands of pain slip through our fingers and fly away in the wind.
Words are empty until the meaning in them gives it life and makes it soulful.
Always etch the immortal words of love on the strong walls of our hearts, where no wind can blow it away or waves wash it down. These words will last forever.
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