Family is certainly a means of God’s grace, but eventually even family can let us down. The government and politicians can do a lot of good, but they are terrible rocks. Success might seem to provide protection for a time, but it will eventually move on to someone else. No, the only one who is immovable, powerful, and loving enough to be our rock is God himself. Every other idol falls short. No one else can protect us from the powerful waves.
The ocean is both beautiful and terrible. It’s beautiful to watch the waves and see their power as they barrel their way to the shore. The same power that provides so much beauty is also the very thing that makes them dangerous. I can’t imagine being on a stalled boat stuck between the waves and a rocky cliff. As the waves relentlessly push toward the cliff, the only hope is to find refuge at the top of the cliff. However, the sheer height of the cliff makes it impossible to scale. Unless someone picks me up out of the waves and sets me on top of the rock, I’m doomed.
David prays in Psalm 61:2, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”