Ellen and I were traveling in Norway with friends when we came upon this restful rock. Our Shepherd met us there and restored our souls. So we called it the “Rock of Meeting.” We wanted to take it with us, but instead were satisfied with a photo reminder. We know that Jesus is our Rock! He is always with us, but we need a “meeting place” to meet Him and enter the presence of the One who is “always before me.” (Acts 2:25) The psalmist confessed, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8) Sometimes a simple discovery of a beautiful site of nature allows us to see the Lord who is always before us. I am a man of the Word, but God has also created many beautiful places, many beautiful works of art and music, and beautiful people who enable me to meet Him.
Not being able to go back and revisit this “Rock of Meeting,” I sometimes carry my own small “rock of meeting” with me when I travel. It looks like this:
As we enter this new year of our Lord, 2018, the most important thing we can do is to meet Him daily. By living in His presence and having an ongoing conversation with the Lord, we will be able to see and believe the new things that the Lord will do in this new year. Let us go to the Rock together; let us ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into the presence of the Lord, who is our Rock. (Psalm18:1-3) This new year will be a year of new beginnings.