The Rocks Will Cry Out

August 1, 2008

When Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, Luke records that the whole multitude of disciples began to praise God aloud.  When the Pharisees clamored for Jesus to rebuke his disciples, his reply is recorded in Luke 19:40 where he says, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

This principle of the rocks crying out when something important is suppressed has been on my heart a lot lately.  I think this phenomenon happens in the corporate body of Christ, when we suppress the gifts.  Just like what Jesus told the Pharisees, if we do this long enough, the stones will cry out.  God’s gifts will find expression.  Even through the rocks.

In our own life, we sometimes suppress or fail to use the gifts that God has given us.  If we don’t express our gifts, we and others around us experience a great loss.  And, worse case, it becomes a “use it or lose it” situation.   

I am examining the gifts that God has given me.  Some are in major disuse, especially the vision and creativity that God has given me.  And frankly, I see where that brings about loss in my life.  Recently, as I sought God in this area, I began to re-experience the vision that had been lacking in my life.  I’ve started to look at the ways that creativity needs to come out in my life.  And, I’m looking at what needs to change as a result. 

As an answer to my seeking God, today I remembered a picture taken of me when I was about ten or eleven years old.  I can see it clearly.  I am sitting on my aunt’s back porch swathed in a multitude of long colorful scarves.  I had scrounged them from her attic and used them for dress-up.  I was probably pretending to be something out of the Arabian Nights.  I realize that you probably wonder what this has to do with the subject.  It’s just that I was always a child of great imagination.  Imagination and especially the creating of stories was something I did continually.  God reminded me of this.  He has been prodding me to use those gifts again.  The ability to create a story and spin a tale.  

It’s a gift I’ve neglected.  One of many.  So, I continue to seek God, but also to take action. 

I think it’s important for us to examine our lives for where we’ve suppressed God’s gifts to us.  And then take action. 

Otherwise, listen for the sounds of crying rocks.

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