A Rock Chapel Testimony

Published on 30 Jan 2017

by Vera Quick

I came in July that year [2011] knowing I needed to be released from something but not sure what it was and, after a couple of tearful days, one of the texts I was given really spoke to me as I walked over to the chapel to spend time there.  It was Ezekiel 36: 26-29 [I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.  Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.  I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you.  NIV].

As I prayed and worshipped with Taize songs, it was as if God was saying to me, not that I had a heart of stone, but that I had a white stone in my heart that held the burdens I had carried for many years.  In the vision I had, the stone became a rock so heavy that I needed two hands to hold it and at that moment it left my body and I found that for the first time in my life I could take a deep breath.  My heart had more room for God; there was no more junk within.  I knew then that I had to find a rock and throw it away, as a symbolic gesture.

A couple of days later I carried the rock in my backpack, with all the words written on it that had weighed me down, to Trefnant to throw into the pond by the bridge.  As I walked, I was aware of the heaviness in my shoulders but after a while I got used to it as I had carried it a long time.   Throwing the rock away was such a freeing experience, so much joy in my heart that I had never had before.  Walking back to St Beuno's I was walking on air, singing Hallelujah.

Once a month I lead worship for guys in prison.  I decided to share my testimony during a Prison Fellowship and, as I shared, one of them wrote the following:  

"God gave me this verse Rev 2:17 [Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. NIV] as you briefly described your vision.  I believe the small white stone at the beginning of your vision was a sign of your overcoming the issue of letting go and dealing with the past.  White stones were given to competitors as an indication they were victorious (like a gold medal in Olympics today).  Also used by jurors to indicate acquittal/not guilty    verdict in John's time.  Why before the bigger rock?  Well God knows the end from the beginning. He's the Alpha and Omega and he knew this was the time you would finally have victory over this particular issue!  You have been declared victorious and innocent by Father God, Hallelujah!"

I was so humbled and blown away by this as I had never really understood what the white stone was about, but more than that, it was the fact that a prisoner, an amazing Christian man, should give that to me.  God has led me into some amazing things since that time, my heart so full of joy and I have never looked back.

What an amazing God we serve and how appropriate that I should choose to go to the Rock Chapel that day!

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