By Heidi Gilbert
In the early summer my husband and I went for a walk on the beach. As I entered the beach, I noticed a sign posted that I have never noticed before. It read, "Please do not take cobblestones. They prevent the erosion of our beaches."
I may be alone in this, but I never considered the purpose, or the law, for these beautiful cobblestones. To be honest, 20 years ago I used to take home some of the more smooth round ones, paint manger scenes on them and give them away as Christmas gifts!
As we walked along the beach I looked at all the cobblestones. They each had their position. Some were near the waters edge,being beaten by the relentless waves and swamped at times by the incoming tide. Others were just as sturdy, occupying their place on the beach contending with the hot sun. All were side by side in their position fulfilling their purpose; preventing the erosion of the beach.
As we left the beach that afternoon I heard a whisper, an invitation deep in my heart. "Will you stay in your position?" Hmm I thought, I haven't been contemplating moving or making any drastic changes in my life, I quickly answered, "yes Lord, of course."
I walked back onto the beach to look at the cobblestones once again. I realized then what this meant. As a Christian I am a cobblestone. Will I be willing to take my position on the beach where He has placed me?
God's people are the cobblestones. Matthew 5:13-16 states our position in this world. We are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. God says, let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. "
The crashing waves and the changing tide represent the culture we live in.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the news in this world and the culture that our teenagers are growing up in, and yes the tide and crashing waves reach into Christian lives also. Sometimes I think, am I even making a difference? Then I realize that I am not in charge of the beach, I am not in charge of the other cobblestones or the incoming waters.
I raise my eyes up to my Almighty God , I bow my head and I say, yes Lord, I will take my position as Your cobblestone.
As followers of Jesus, we must each take our position on the beach where He has placed us. We will be much more effective there instead of under a Christmas tree as a gift.