Of Men and Rocks and Mountains

posted by Sharon June 12, 2012 4 Comments

Rocks are synonymous with strength. I love being in the presence of majestic rises of rock that tower above me. A short hike up a steep path near my home rewarded me with this view yesterday:

Look at the fascinating shapes of these rounded piles of rock, lined up like sentries in the sky.

I think these rocks are poetic:

Novelist Jane Austen put these words in mouth of her character Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice: “What are men to rocks and mountains?” How can mere mortals compare to the grandeur of rock, of mountains?

The Bible talks of God as our rock: “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 61)

Near these sheer walls of rocks in my little part of the world are some rocks that speak of a role beyond shelter, majesty, beauty. These rocks had a part in the nourishment of the people who lived along the river for hundreds of years. They are grinding rocks. See the indentations on the rock face?

Sitting by river, the women ground acorns and berries on these rocks as they chatted and watched children scamper about. You can imagine the whole happy, life-sustaining scene, standing today on these grinding rocks. Through time, through serving in the preparation of countless meals, the rocks wore down. These rocks have a role reserved for only a few of their granite relatives.

Whether they speak of beauty, shelter, or everyday activities like food preparation, rocks inspire us to view time backward and forward, to see our lives in the context of something greater, something that existed before we were born and something that will be here after us, something the towers over us while also providing a firm place to stand on.

How about you? Where have you seen rocks and mountains that inspired you?

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Susan June 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

These are all just amazing!! Great pictures…

Jaymi June 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

wow, really cool shots! Some of those rocks almost look like abstract sculptures of people!

Curt June 13, 2012 at 4:11 am

Beautiful rocks! I hope we get to hike together soon.

Nics Cahill June 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

‘Whether they speak of beauty, shelter, or everyday activities like food preparation, rocks inspire us to view time backward and forward’

I find rocks particulary inspiring. Ireland is filled with them, some with the most magificent stone paintings. My favourite place in Northern Ireland is the Giants Causeway in County Antrim.

Thank you for your beautiful words on my blog.


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