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Rocks: It’s all I Can Offer

by Dennae Pierre Published Jul 13, 2011

“Mommy!” my 6 year old daughter, Mya, said as she ran toward me with a giant smile on her face. “Mommy! Mommy! I have a present for you!” I bent down and she placed a seashell in my hand. “Isn’t it beautiful?!”

My daughter is often captivated by beauty. Almost everyday she points out a beautiful flower, sunset, cloud, or rock. She regularly thanks God in her prayers when the weather is nice or when she gets to enjoy something from his creation. Sometimes, when I watch Mya enjoy something (nature, friends, even food) I feel like I could almost see joy physically exude from her pores. She draws at least a dozen pictures a day of people smiling, surrounded by flowers, with the sun shining down on them. And she gives me pictures and gifts whenever she can.

This was actually one of the few seashells she has given me. Since we live in Phoenix (desert, no water, and lots of dust!) she has a large selection of rocks to pick out for me and she does this quite often. Seashells, drawings, or rocks…all of her gift fill me with joy because my daughter is showing such a sweet and innocent love toward me. And in the moment that Mya placed the shell in my hand, I saw a picture of God’s love towards us.

If I was to think about Mya’s gifts in the most practical sense, all she is giving me is a seashell. It’s not as if the seashell was filling some kind of missing gap in my life. It doesn’t even belong to her and she really didn’t have to work hard to give it to me in the first place. It’s not like Mya’s gift of a rock or seashell can even begin to repay me for what I have given her. Why is Mya’s gift so special?

Mya’s gift brought me great joy because I love her. She is my daughter and my heart sings to see my daughter embrace me as her mama. I rejoice because I see her move toward me with an intense trust that knows her mom will respond in love and acceptance. Her rocks and seashells go into a box full of her drawings that are priceless to me, but worthless to the world.

What can I give God that really matters to him? Nothing. Anything I have to give him already belongs to him. I am naked, poor, and needy. I have nothing to offer him, except perhaps some rocks that do not even belong to me. So, I ask again…what can I give God that really matters to him? Everything. Not because I have anything to offer, but because my Father loves me with a perfect, eternal love. God loves to see me approach him with joyful love. If I really believe that I have nothing I can  give to God to repay him for his love love, then I can go to him and lay everything before him as a gift of love. This makes God smile. He is rejoicing in the joy that I am finding in Him.

If we really understood God as a loving, tender daddy then we would never hesitate to run to him. In sin and failure, we would joyfully run toward God with open arms. How can we spiral in shame and look within ourselves for the answer when we have a Father who will never reject us? In success and achievement, our hearts would look to him, because we know all blessing comes directly from him. In suffering, our only real option would be to hide within his arms because nothing on this earth would be able to provide the depth of comfort that our loving Father could.

Please, joyfully and faithfully bring your “rocks” to God and watch as he adds them to all the other “rocks” from Christians throughout human history and then wait and see how GOD uses his rocks to paint a beautiful mosaic… a mosaic that will look like what we see in Revelation 21: 3-5:

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

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  • Dennisrogerscpa

    Wow! Lord, thank you for the pleasure you take in the simple gifts that I offer that cost me nothing, because You have given them all to me in the first place. Increase my desire to delight in the offering of these gifts because You take pleasure in them.

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