Have you ever taken a close look at a river rock? These flat rocks, found in riverbeds and on beaches, are unique in size, shape, and color but with one similarity. They are smooth. No jagged edges, sharp corners, or pointy bumps.
What makes these rocks so smooth?
Water flowing in a river is constantly moving. A powerful force that carries along dirt, sediment, and smaller stones in its path. These rough items bump up against the river rocks, acting like sandpaper. They break off the pointy bumps, round out the sharp corners, and smooth the jagged edges. This is a natural process, called weathering or erosion, and occurs over a long period of time. The end result is a smooth and shiny stone, beautiful in its purity.
Can we compare this process to our own lives?
At times… are you the jagged rock? Uneven and rough. Covered in sharp edges that cause pain in your own life or the lives of those around you. Each rough spot representing a heavy burden, a sharp tongue, a harsh response, a jealous thought, or a past pain. Without realizing it, you become something that causes others to wince upon contact. Something that cannot hold or be held.
And how often do you feel like that rock being tumbled around in a swirling river? Bumped and tossed. Crashing into those around you—or being crashed—with a force you feel you can’t control. It can make you feel helpless… or even hopeless. There’s no gaining your footing in such a riotous atmosphere.
I encourage you to look at this in another way. The pain is real, but the process is powerful and profound. The driving force is the water and it’s no random occurrence. The water represents the Divine Source that is constantly washing over your jagged soul, breaking off those burdens and pains. Carrying them away. Smoothing them out.
We believe in a loving God that shapes us in this way. We are first introduced to this Living Water at our Baptism. An outward sign of an inward grace. A never ending flow of mercy, love, compassion, and forgiveness. The process isn’t always easy. Weathering can be painful! Life tosses us around whether we like it or not. God uses these “tossed” experiences to shape us. God uses our trials to smooth us out until we are transformed. “See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19)
Does this sound good to you? Are you asking: How can I get in on this deal? It’s simple. All you have to do is let it happen. God is always working in you, whether you realize it or not. Let the healing water of God’s love rush past you and surround you, making you smooth, shiny, and new. If you’d like to become more tuned in to the ways in which God is working in you… try prayer, Reconciliation, meditation, or reading and reflecting on the Word of God. You’ll find yourself gaining in awareness of God’s constant and overflowing presence in your life.
Take a look at the stone in the picture above. As you gaze at the surface, use God’s eyes to search for your shining reflection. What do you see? Do you see the grace-filled moments of your life reflected back at you? Can you see the unfolding of your purpose? Can you see God’s promise and His deep love for you?
May God bless our journey and continue to polish us into shining reflections of His love.