Pastor’s Corner: A Bag of Rocks

One of my favorite authors is Max Lucado and I was reading “When God Whispers Your Name” a couple of weeks ago and one of his stories called, “Your Sack of Stones” kind of popped out to me and I would like to share my thoughts with you!

Pastor Ray Sherwood
Special Contributor

I don’t know about you but to think of carrying a bag of rocks is really kind of silly. I mean, who in their right mind would be hauling a bag of rocks around with them? Really, don’t we have better things to do than to carry around a bag of rocks??

Let me ask you this question – do you go around looking for rocks to put into a bag so you can carry them everywhere you go? Of course not! We have a little more sense than that don’t we??

I don’t know if you have ever heard this phrase – we all carry a little (or large) baggage with us from past experiences. Each of us in one way or the other are carrying around baggage (or rocks) that we may or may not have asked for!

You may ask me where do we obtain those rocks? Again, another good question so let me try to see if I can answer that in a way you can understand! Have you ever been rejected, made a bad choice, called a few names, abused, had a poor grade, been told you will never amount to anything, etc. If you have experienced these things and more…you have been collecting rocks and sometimes they are rocks we do not deserve but there are some we do deserve.

After a while that bag of rocks gets heavy and when you look inside you not only see rocks of rejection, but you see rocks of hatred, rocks of regret, rocks of dissatisfaction, rocks of sadness, rocks of hurts and disappointments…every where you look are rocks that are pulling you down and making you tired.

You cannot think clearly about what you want to do when all you can think of is what has happened to you in the past. It kind of makes sense when you see people who look miserable and their faces are so sad and discouraged. They (you) are carrying around a lot of rocks that you never intended to carry, but here you are loaded down with a weight that is impossible to carry.

You might ask how can a person get relief from that heavy bag of rocks? Let me share this passage of scripture with you that will help: “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads [bags of rocks], and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The teaching I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light” (Matthew 11:28-29, Good News for Modern Man)

Perhaps you have tried church and religion and it just doesn’t work for you. I want you to notice that Jesus doesn’t not say come to church or come to some type of religion…He says, “Come to me [Jesus]”! You see it is easy to go to the wrong place to try and find relief and help, but Jesus says He is the solution for your bag of rocks!

Go to Him…be honest with Him…admit you have been carrying around that bag of rocks that contain all your past failures! He stands waiting for you to give Him your bag of rocks…go ahead because you will be glad you did!