Chappy’s corner “What rocks?”

Steve was the new Baptist pastor and as he walked into the town café he saw the Lutheran minister, Dave and the Catholic Priest, Father Joe having coffee together. So he introduced himself and as they visited the Lutheran said, “Hey we are going fishing this Friday do you want to join us?” Steve agreed and so on Friday he met them all at the lake.  They climbed into the boat and went about fifty yards from shore and started fishing. At that point Father Joe said, “I forgot the coffee” and he stepped out of the boat, walked across the water to his truck, grabbed the coffee and walked back on the water into the boat. Steve couldn’t believe his eyes, but before he said anything, Dave said, “I forgot my wife made cookies” So he stepped out of the boat, walked across the water to his car, grabbed the cookies and walked back on the water into the boat. At this point Steve thought, if these men can walk on water, then I can walk on water, so he stood up and said, “I think we need napkins” and he stepped out of the boat and immediately sank into the water. He swam to shore and went to his car and drove off.  At that point Dave turned to the priest and said, “Do you think we should have told him where the rocks were?” (And now for the rest of the joke) ... And Father Joe, the priest replied, “What rocks?”

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk on water? As a pastor, the only time I walk on water is when it is frozen, and coming from Minnesota I had my share of frozen lakes, but sometimes I still hit a thin spot and I ended up walking away with cold wet feet.  Walking on water is hard but getting through life is even harder.  If one knew where the rocks are when we are trying to navigate through life it might be a bit easier for folks to handle the ups and downs of life.

Actually there are rocks for us to use. Some rocks are the people in our lives.  Children can turn to parents for guidance, and as parents get older they may need their grown up children to help them in the later years. There are folks who can give us rock solid advice for financial issues (we call them bankers and investment counselors), for health problems (we call them doctors and nurses) and for mental and emotional difficulties (we call them therapists, counselors, and chaplains/pastors). Other rocks in life may be the various organizations out there.  Schools, government agencies, churches and religious organizations, clubs and other groups that are designed to help and serve people can also serve as rocks in our travels through life. These rocks are there; we can see them and lean on them in times of trouble. But sometimes the rock we need is not easy to see, and that point we need to be like Father Joe who says, “What rocks?” We walk by faith, not by sight. We step out into stormy times in life, trusting that God will be there for us.  We trust His promises.

In many religions God is referred to as a Rock.  In Psalm 18: 2 it states “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,” In life we need more than people and organizations we need the one who made heaven and earth, we need the one who can move mountains and most of all we need one who can save us when we are drowning because of our sins.  For me and other Christians that rock is Jesus. Jesus was the one Peter trusted when he stepped out of that boat and started to walk on water I suspect his feet were a bit wet and maybe a little cold, but what an experience!  But then Peter started to see the waves and fear began to seize him and he started to have real cold feet as he started to sink into the sea, thankfully for Peter Jesus was there to rescue him.

Jesus is there for us also. He has rescued us from sin and death by His own death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. Jesus promises life now and forever to all who trust in Him.  He is the rock, and even though we can’t see him, we can take that step of faith knowing Christ is there to guide us through those dark and stormy times in life.   So whatever challenge you are facing, I encourage you to step out in faith… it might be scary but fear not, God is with you!  That’s just my thoughts from this sunny SE corner of South Dakota.


CH (COL) David Gunderson