Joining Kate Motaung and a community of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday (on Saturday). The prompt is “Gather.”
Ecclesiasties 3 begins with these powerful words that I consider the treatise on timing:
“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven.”
Later on in the chapter, we find this statement, “A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones” (verse 5; emphasis added). A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones.”
When I think of stones, the first quality that comes to mind is durability. A stone is not an item that can be easily crushed. One quality that I do not ascribe to stones, however, is that of being alive. But the stones that God is gathering together, are living stones. 1 Peter 2:5 tells us that we are “living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple.” Think of it! Others may have rejected us, thrown us away as unworthy material for whatever they were building, but not God. He has gathered us, according to His purpose and in His time, and is building us into His spiritual temple. And do you know that Jesus was also a stone that was rejected?
“ Acts 4:11 tells us, “For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ He is the Chief Cornerstone and we have the privilege of being God’s living stones. Yes! Yes! Yes!