Memorial Stones (Day 3 from, a untitled collection)
The Kambala jasper, or sometimes called the alligator stone, is the next of my memorial stones. This stone is one of my favorites because of its green coloring ranging from olive to lite green; its meaning is peace and tranquility. It is said to help in restoring troubled minds and balance to the body and soul, as well as expands one’s ability to focus. If I had to describe my life here at the lake in one word it would be peaceful. I can lose myself in the simple beauty of this place. Rather I am out on the water or just sitting in the swing down by the waterfront I’m perfectly content, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so rested, by being rested I mean emotionally. The scripture I remember for this stone is Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV) You know when I stopped worry about everything life got so much simpler. I decided if I was going to trust God it had to be with everything, our health, finances, and our family; every time I find myself beginning to worry about something, I thank God instead! He has always given us all we need. I would like to share something with you concerning the peace of God that continues to give me so much comfort; it’s the word guard, in some translations the word rule is used. In Greek, the word used is referring to an umpire or referee like we use in athletic competition. When your emotions are starting to get the best of you and you are about to go into an emotional meltdown—stop; remember the peace of God is standing guard over your heart, mind, and emotions allow that peace to rule over those negative emotions restoring balance in your life. Then take the circumstances to the Lord and allow him to call the shots, you don’t have to give in to every emotion that tries to show its ugly head. When I really took ahold of this concept the life on a roller coaster I was living slowed way down until I was able to deal with my emotions. Now, like Peter, I can walk on spiritual waters as long as I keep my focus on Jesus, and should I get distracted by life, I know he will reach out to take my hand and safely reestablish his peace once again.
In the center of my stones is the rose quartz, known as the stone of the heart, in the ancient world it was believed to open one's heart to receive and give love; however, I call it my God stone. “. . . God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16, NKJV). The meaning behind this soft pink stone will show why I have given it this name, it stands for unconditional love, compassion, and peace; it nourishes and comforts as well as dissolves emotional wounds, fears, and resentments; this is what God has done for me. I don’t believe I ever knew what unconditional love was until I met the Lord. I had so many emotional scars, I lived in a world of fear and I resented everyone. [If you are interested in understanding my past I have written a book titled Cleansing Thoughts, a glimpse from my personal journal; it’s my journey of inner healing.] He has stood beside me in the worst of times, even before I knew him, and whenever I have fallen or lost my way he was always there; I may not have felt his presence but he was there “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39-39, NKJV).