Sunday September 27, 2020 – Illustration of quarry stones

Acts 4:11 This [Jesus] is The stone despised by you builders, who has become the  cornerstone.

Do you ever stop to think about the really special things that God has done in your life?  If you had to, could you identify the most meaningful experiences that you’ve had with Him – the ones that just stand out above the rest?  Maybe you’ve written about them in a journal or in some way recorded them because they are so special.  If not, you need to.

Donna and I have a significant number of such experiences with the Lord like that.  They are encounters with God and His power and love that are so important in our faith.  Miracles, amazing answered prayers, supernatural provision and exquisite encounters with Him – they are more than treasure.  They are part of our foundation in Him.  They are part of the rock we are built on.  The Lord has given us a practical illustration that really reveals the role these special experiences with Him play in our lives.

We had an old house in Peninsula, OH where we raised our boys.  Nearby was a swimming hole that used to be a stone quarry.  The foundation of our house was not built upon bricks or cement blocks.  At its core, the foundation was made up of quarry stone.  Some of these stones were massive: six feet long, two to three feet wide and two feet tall.  It was rock solid!

The Lord let us see that these special experiences that we’ve had with Him are like quarry stones.  They are massive and strong and are in the foundation of our faith embedded next to Jesus, the chief corner stone.  They represent God’s interventions in our lives that cannot be denied.  The reality is we couldn’t deny them and Him even if we wanted to.  Because of Jesus, they make an unshakable foundation for our faith.


About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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