In Others’ Words: The Hidden Music in Obstacles

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My friend Dee said this is one of her favorite quotes — and that I was the one who shared it with her. I’ll take her word for it. The truth is, I’ll take Dee’s word on a lot of things. And whether I came across the quote first, or whether she did … I like it.

One of my favorite sights — and sounds — in nature is a mountain brook. When we’re driving  through the mountains here in Colorado, I’ll insist my husband pull over so that we can get photos of the water on the rocks — even if we’ve been by the same stretch of water dozens of times before. It’s restful … and invigorating at the same time. And yes, it wouldn’t be the same kind of beautiful without the rocks. The rocks create the music of the brook.

What about me? What do I do with the “rocks” in my life? During the challenges, the disappointments, the seasons where I want to ask God, “Can’t we just fast forward through this?” — do I ever listen for the music hidden in the circumstances?  Or do I focus soley on the strident notes … the discords … and doubt that God is making everything beautiful in its time?

In Your Words: When have you been able to look back and thank God for the “rocks” in your life? When has God brought good out of something that, at first, was nothing more than an obstacle you wanted moved out of your way? 

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  1. March 16, 2015, 8:40 am   /  Reply

    The rocks in my life are where I learn the most. At the end of a long journey on the way to a dream, I look back and am so thankful for the rocks that kept me from being published too early. I had much to learn.

    And Dee is a very wise woman, one that I listen to as well. 🙂

    • March 16, 2015, 1:53 pm   /  Reply

      Yes, Dee is a very wise woman.
      The rocks always adjust the flow of the brook, so yes, it’s about timing too, Pat. Wise assessment there!

  2. March 16, 2015, 9:09 am   /  Reply

    I love this quote, and this post, Beth. (And Dee!). Such true words here. As I read your thoughts, I was picturing me trying to flow over and around the rocks in my life. We can’t usually avoid them, we have to figure out how we’re going to get beyond them.

    For me, as I’ve mentioned many times, infertility was a major boulder in my life. Looking back, I can see how God worked in and through me, teaching me the deeper lessons about walking out life with Him that I couldn’t learn any other way. And the blessing at the end was two amazing boys.

    Other rocks are sometimes distractions and circumstances that make me have to choose the important, rather than just the good. I’m still figuring this one out.

    I’ll be pondering this post today. 🙂

    • March 16, 2015, 1:55 pm   /  Reply

      Yes, Jeanne, there are different sizes of rocks in the brook: pebbles, stones, and even boulders. We have to see them as such and adjust accordingly.

  3. March 16, 2015, 1:18 pm   /  Reply

    This was a galloping kind of morning & I didn’t even see this until Pat (after 2 o’clock) asked if I had seen. Thanks to you both. Earlier, driving errands, burdened about something, a flow of song words came to me that I didn’t realize I had memorized out of Ps. 25: Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul x 2
    O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
    Shew me thy ways, thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths, thy paths, O LORD.
    O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

    It was joy to me that those words were/are inside. And you are a joy to me. Thank you!

    • March 16, 2015, 1:56 pm   /  Reply

      Psalm 25 — one of my anchor verses — a life verse, if you will. Singing them with you today!

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