Last year, volunteers from Toronto and Montreal came to New Brunswick to help us in our important work of reaching ones who are interested in studying the Bible from the Filipino-speaking community. For a break, Hubby and I played tour-guide and took them to the Fundy National Park. As we were enjoying the beautiful scenery, one of our brothers noticed some of us comparing rocks - some smooth, others rough. We found different shapes - egglike, flat, heart, round. He picked up two rocks himself and...
"See these two rocks? Can you tell the difference? One is very fine, very smooth... the other, rough with sharp edges. What made the difference? This (fine) rock, was closer to the shore. The water comes and goes with the tides and smoothens it's surface. Not only that, the rocks rob, collide, hit on each other every time the water comes through, polishing their surfaces. The rough rocks were untouched, left alone for a long long time.
The lesson? We know that God's word the Bible is like water. Regularly being wet by it: reading it daily, studying and meditating on it will polish us - smooth out our rough edges. And what else? Our dear brothers and sisters whom we get in contact with regularly can collide with us. Often, we may rub each other in the wrong way. But we also lift each other up, carry each others' load. When we take these as lessons to learn from and apply them, continuing to love each other and helping one another out despite our differences - we become as fine stones honed by adversity rather than broken by it."
What a delight it is truly to be sharpened by one another."I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves." ~ John 13:34,35