3. Rocks Reveal God’s Trustworthiness, Handiwork, and Eternal Yet Dynamic Nature
Rocks, which are reliably strong, point to the fact God is trustworthy. The Bible calls God “rock” in First Corinthians10:4, “living stone” in 1 Peter 2:4, and “cornerstone” in Isaiah 28:16. Any type of rock can inspire awe in us, which deepens our trust in God. As Deuteronomy 32:4 declares: “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
The wonder of God’s handiwork is on display in every rock – from small pebbles at a creek to huge boulders on a mountain. Beautiful gemstone rocks called crystals display God’s craftmanship in special ways. Chapter 28 of the Book of Exodus describes how God instructed Moses to have the Hebrew people make a breastplate with 12 different gemstones. Each stone represented one of the 12 tribes of Israel and included crystals with beauty that people continue to admire today: amethyst, ruby, sapphire, emerald, topaz, turquoise, and more.
Rocks also reflect God’s eternal yet dynamic nature. The 3 different types of rocks on Earth all have long-lasting durability yet are formed through dynamic processes. Metamorphic rocks come from intense heat and pressure, igneous rocks result from volcanic explosions, and sedimentary rocks form when layers of sediments compact together and harden. Rocks literally set the history of our planet in stone.
4. Trees Reveal God’s Wisdom, Protection, and Connected Presence
Trees grow our perspective so we can understand more of God’s wisdom and protection for us. Jeremiah 33:15 uses tree imagery in a prophecy about Jesus coming to Earth in the future. “In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.” Trees, which stand tall as silent guardians of all around them, can help us put roots into the solid ground of God’s loving care for us.
Experiencing the wonder of trees can teach us valuable lessons when we take the time to learn them. Trees, which tower over us and exceed our lifespans, enlarge our perspective. They show we are each part of something much bigger than ourselves, so we can look beyond our circumstances to God.
Since trees stand in the same places for years, they also reflect God’s constant presence in our lives. God’s love constantly flows through the branches of relationships between us and other people. Trees remind us that our personal stories are all connected to a greater story of what God is doing on Earth.