rockpilecontemplationI don’t expect much when I hit publish on a blog post. I know there’s a lot to read on the Internet and my writing takes a little longer to dig into than most. I’m just about as slow in writing social media posts as I am with posting pieces on the blog, so getting my work in front of a wider readership has never really been a natural thing for me. And so, when I finish a new piece and hit the button to send it into the ether, I usually look for a comment from my mom and maybe a friend or two (Thank you to those who chime in!). And that’s that.

But with this Stacking Stones post, I’ve been chatting back and forth with another commenter about the theme of rocks, remembrance, and cathedrals of stone. I had talked to him while I took in the sights in Sedona and in the weeks to follow as I remembered back on the discoveries there. There had been plenty of thoughts to blend together in one big whopping piece of memoir about it all. I guess I thought we’d covered every angle and were done talking about it. But after I posted, he had more to say.

For months I’d been working through the beginnings of my chronological Bible reading plan. Then, on the day I posted the piece about the rock stacks, I opened my Bible app and saw that of all books and all chapters of the Bible to reach at that point, next on my list was Joshua 4, the VERY book and VERY chapter that I’d quoted in my post that VERY day. Just by coincidence. Or not.

The next day, in reading Sally Clarkson’s super refreshing book, Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love, I came across this Antoine De Saint-Exupery quote: “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” I was stunned at the perfection of it. It seemed as if it were placed for me to find right at that very moment in light of my contemplations over the cairns at Cathedral Rock.

The day after that, I turned on the radio to the sound of Ravi Zacharias talking about how God remembers us, how He works in our memory and how He wants us to remember our encounters with him. Guess what text Mr. Zacharias pulled from. Yes. Joshua 4. Someone was sending me a message.

“The Creator of the universe is commenting on your blog post,” my husband said.

I have to admit, I got a little misty-eyed. For one so mighty, the Lord has got a tenderness about him too, a kind attention that speaks to my experience, and even to my writing. And that’s what I want my writing to be all about when it comes down to it…each essay or narrative a stone of remembrance, a place to document this ongoing conversation with him.

{When have you noticed an uncanny sequence of messages that seem to be straight from God to you? I’d love to hear how his attentiveness has left an impact on your spiritual, emotional, and creative life.}


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