By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

On a cold crisp day in 2016 my intense daily walk slows to a halt as I step aside to get a better look at an object that has caught my eye:
The object is a rock ...
so perfectly formed into a heart that it's really quite unbelievable.
Filling up the entirety of my hand with fingers closed tightly over it,
the presence of God meets me with clarity.
An awareness of an intense spiritual battle being waged over my soul is distinctly afforded and revealed to me ... and I shall never forget it.
The rock is being held this moment in my hands;
A visible tangible memento and "rare gem" preserved by a loving and merciful heavenly Father reminding me of a difficult season He brought me through in my life.
Again and again ... He has proven Himself faithful.
And again and again ... He will continue to.
I hold it, stroke it, and rub it softly against my cheek, grateful for the sovereign dominance of God's presence in, and preservation of, my life.
  Oswald Chamber's provoking words stir me:
"There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life." 
Yes and Amen.
This morning on my way to work I will stop in a country field where hides a rock and sort of sacred altar. I will get out and kneel ... and I will remember and rehearse the promises of God, and I will give thanks one more time ... to my Redeemer.
Seek the One who matters until He is all that matters.
Give yourself over to Him,
It's not too late.
You have this moment.
"A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the corn and increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen ...
And they shall say, 'This land that was desolate is become like a garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced and inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that which was desolate:
I the Lord have spoken it and I will do it."
Ezekiel 36:26-30;35-36