By Brad Campbell –
Just a thought to help start your week.
On the east coast of the state of Oregon, just off Highway 101, sits the town of Cannon Beach. Just off the beach at Cannon Beach sits this very large formation called Haystack Rock. It is a sight worthy of beholding. Compare the size of the rock itself to those people walking the beach. It is indeed majestic.
Haystack Rock got its name, of course, because of its shape. The smaller rocks situated around it are known as “The Needles.” Haystack Rock’s shape makes it readily recognizable in person or in movies and on film.
This made me think about the shape I’m in. If I was given a name according to my shape, it might be “bowling ball Brad,” so thankfully, that’s not how I was named. We may think about our shape. Physically, some are in bad health and can no longer do as they once did. Mentally, we may or may not be in a shape that is very healthy for a good lifestyle. And then there’s our spiritual shape. Has that ever crossed your mind?
What is my spiritual shape? Am I a milk-bottle-fed baby? Am I growing and feasting on the meat of His Word daily? Am I downhearted and discouraged due to seemingly unanswered prayers? Am I one to whom others look for encouragement and prayer support? What is my shape?
The world will recognize us by our ‘shape.’ More times than not, they see us at our worst and not the best. So that is the picture we portray, and we must be ever mindful of our shape because of that.
Standing there, beaten by the waves of life, unmovable and strong is the shape that encourages others — and ourselves. In your week ahead, will the world see you and know the Godly shape you try to share daily, or will it be like looking for a needle in the haystack to see any good in us? Stand strong, in whatever shape you are, and His love will see you through.
Just a thought.