Heart Rock - Rev. Mark Taylor

Among the many things I didn’t expect about parenthood was the number of times I would be astounded by the faith of my children. A little over a week ago I was taking my daughter to dance class, and as I was helping her into her car seat, she looked down in the church parking lot and saw a rock with a heart on it and got very excited. I was either feeling especially generous or simply trying to avoid a meltdown, but either way, I picked up the rock and gave it to her. She absolutely loved it. On one side it had a heart and on the other side was some writing. She asked me to read it to her so I read this simple statement: “you are loved.” What a wonderful message. This just made my daughter love the rock even more, and she started asking questions: “How did the rock get there? Who wrote it? Who is it for?” My answers to questions like these are generally quite simple: “I don’t know, what do you think?” She decided that someone must have left the rock for her! But who? She asked if I did it, but I couldn’t take credit for that. I told her it must have been left by someone who wanted her to know she was loved. Her response: “Maybe it was God! God left me this rock with the heart on it because God wanted me to know that I am loved!”

And there I found myself blown away by the faith of a 3 year-old. Our theme for this Lenten series is “Back to the Basics.” It doesn’t get much more basic than that. Perhaps during we need to strip away some of the complexities of our faith and allow ourselves to be reminded by simple, random things that God loves us.

There are many alternative explanations for how that rock got there – I’m guessing there may have been some divinely inspired human actions at work to put that rock where it was. But no matter how we might try to explain it away, the truth of the matter is this: God loves us. Let’s stop trying to explain away the reminders of that love.

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. - Matthew 18:2-5 (NIV)

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