Tuesday, 13 September 2011

River Rocks

You know those beautiful river rocks that line the sides and beds of some rivers?  They're rounded and smooth and shiny when the water splashes them.  I think they are beautiful.  Many people use them to make a garden bed eye-catching, or border a walk-way etc, to draw the eye.


How did they get so smooth?
By rubbing against one another and flowing down a river and chafing against other rocks on the same path.  Smoothing of the rough edges.

See where I'm going with this?

Are we not the same?  Bumping against each other with conflicts and personality clashes.  Smoothing rough edges off one another as we learn to get along, learn to follow the same path.  And when we're shiny, round and smooth, our fruit is displayed in our homes, places of work, churches and with our friends and family, and community.


Some of us have a lot of smoothing off still to do, but God uses us - if we let Him - rough or smooth!

My encouragement to you is don't see others in your life as rocks to trip over or upset your path - see them as opportunities to grow, to take your rough edges off, smoothen up :)  And let God use you - rough or smooth.

Eph 4 v 32:  And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

God bless
Tracy

I'm linking with Shanda at A pause on the Path for:

25 comments:

  1. I love this post. I will definitely try to view others now as fellow stones helping us become smooth and refined.

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  2. Tracy, you never fail to encourage me! What a great perspective. I'm just glad He uses me either way... I willing to go through the smoothing process to be a little more like Him. Great post :)

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  3. I pray I will allow God to smooth my rough edges so I may be eye-catching, drawing all eyes to HIM.

    Great post, Tracy! Thank you for YOUR faithfulness to lift HIM up!
    ~Stacy

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  4. If only the smoothing process didn't hurt sometimes. I suppose beauty cometh at a cost.

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  5. Hi Shanda - fellow stones :), I like that

    HI Heidi - thank you, and I agree, I'm glad He uses me either way. If He had to wait until I was smooth, He'd still be waiting :)

    HI Stacy - great way to put it, eye-catching for Him :)

    Hi Stefanie - Deidra said yesterday that in the land of milk and honey are messy cows and stinging bees. I suppose the smoothing process is much the same :)

    Thank you lovely ladies - you bless me
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. I love the imagery you used in this post. It is a wonderful illustration of one of God's truths. I never thought of rough patches and rough people as opportunities for spiritual growth. Thanks so much, Tracy. When I share this with my husband (He's a pastor.) I can just hear it coming up in one of our worship services!
    Blessings!
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  7. Thank you for this post about stones. I like to think more/longer about it. Meditate!

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  8. Great analogy. And, I've always loved those smooth rocks too. They are so much fun to hold. :)

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  9. So true! Very good devotional with which to begin the day! Thanks!

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  10. This is great Tracy! I think I will take the rough rocks in my life and view them differently now. :)

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  11. Wow! I am so the rough rock needing smoothing sometimes. Was just talking about something similar with my husband just minutes before reading this. How our greatest offenses can really be our greatest learning tools...if we let them work as God intended. So good today, Tracy...as usual. Thank you! ~ jen

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  12. Don't see people as rocks to trip over. That's really good! The Bible says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man (woman) sharpens another. We smooth out rough edges with our relationships. Great encouragement today, Tracy!

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  13. Hi Pam - that would be so cool, hearing your husband preach something similar :)

    Hi Jedidja - I hope it was encouraging for you :)

    Hi Eileen - I love them too.

    Hi Karin - thank YOU

    Hi Jenifer - yes, as growth opportunities and not rough pebbles in a shoe

    Hi Jen - I too, need much smoothing, but grateful that God uses me anyway, and thank you for your encouraging words :)

    Hi Lisa - its great when we put a good spin on things, instead of seeing rough rocks, we see opportunities to grow, then we ARE growing.

    God bless ladies - you all bless me with your comments and they mean a lot to me.
    Tracy

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  14. What a beautiful reminder -- a complete shift in perspective for me as I walk through this life! You should check out Kim's post (#28), as her's is about community too!

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  15. beautiful post! Sort of reminds me about the oyster creating a pearl out of speck of agitating dirt. Life's toughest times can bring out the best.

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  16. Oh I love this analogy! I admit I have had many "rough" and "smooth" days myself. But I like how you remind us that God can use us anyway if we let him.

    P.S. I just became a new follower of your blog. :)

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  17. That's good Tracy! I could use some smoothen up myself sometimes. Great way to say it!
    It isn't always easy to be nice to someone who always rubs you the wrong way but, if I think of it as an opportunity to smooth my rough edges it will help!
    Blessings...Chelle

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  18. Oh how I pray God smooths my rough spots...

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  19. Hi Jen - thanks, I'll go over and have a look :)

    Hi Pain to Purpose, thanks for visiting and following, I'll be jumping over to visit you back. I love the oyster analogy, so true

    Hi Angel - thanks for the visit and the follow, I've jumped over to yours and done like wise. I also am humbled that God would use us rough or smooth

    Hi Chelle, thats a great way to look at it, when someone is annoying you, right there and then see them as sandpaper opportunities :)

    Hi Shannon - a prayer that might cause some discomfort, but definitely produce results.

    Lovely ladies, as always, you bless me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  20. Great thoughts, Tracy. "As iron sharpens iron..."

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  21. Hi Jennifer - thank you

    Hi Joan - yip, we all rub against one another, may as well smoothen up when we do.

    Thank you Ladies, I appreciate your comments
    God bless
    Tracy

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  22. Tracy, thanks for visiting From Doing to Being earlier this week. I love this post. I've also been thinking a lot about community lately, and I love the visual you give to it here.

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  23. Hi Kim - thanks for visiting back and thank you for your kind words. Hope to see more of you.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  24. Hollow,I'm come from Taiwan. can you barrow the river rocks photo to me to use on my watercolor painting's reference? My school has a art exhibition.I want paint your blog's picture for this exhibition. So I hope you can allow and write in reply to me soon,thanks.
    Mona

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