Friday, June 23, 2006

Hearts & Stones

I was out for as hike the other day with my good friend E^2. He is a good guy and one of my favorite ways to hang out with him is to go for a long hike and just talk and listen and stuff.

As we walked along and talked, I glanced down and saw a small heart-shaped rock! Cool -- a rock that looks like a heart!

I bent down to pick it up and got confused. Once it was in my hand, it was just a rock. Nothing special.

As I walked along for a minute, I considererd maybe it was a matter of perspective.

I began to turn the rock over in my hands and look at it from various angles. Sure enough, from a very specific angle, the heart shape could again be seen. FYI: the photo below doesn't do it justice. If I hold it just right, and cover the parts that were covered in road-dust, then it is an almost perfect heart shape.

As I walked along there with this rock in my hand, I heard God speak to my soul. It was quiet and happened similar to what I described in Split Second Prophet. One second I was walking along holding a rock, the next second I was being loved-on by our Heavenly Dad. He said:
You noticed something again...
Something others would have overlooked...
And the first thing you saw was a heart...
The first thing others would have seen was a rock...

You see people like that too...
Often the first thing you see about a person is their heart.
Others see their rough exteriors, but you see their heart.

I love that about you...
I made you that way!
You're like Me in that way!

And if you ever lose sight of the heart...
And start seeing just a rock...
You make the choice to turn it over and over...
Until you see the heart again...

I'll be bringing more people your way...
Who will need that kind of perseverence...
So good job!

I love you!
And then as quick as it had come, it was gone, but I was feeling warm and fuzzy for a long time

God rocks!

~ cob

1 comment:

skidmarksontheside said...

Keith - I love the way God talks to you... it's so awesome! Keep listening!! What's even more amazing is how He speaks to us so profoundly through everyday objets and experiences... I love that about Him... kind of gives new meaning to the expression "You Rock!" ~smile~