I wander down the driveway to pick up the morning paper, and I trip on a small stone. How did I miss that? It interrupted my normal, thoughtless routine. However, it’s quickly forgotten in the course of the morning as other priorities press in for my attention. When the rock in my path alters my step, I’m impacted by its presence.

Every now and then I come across a passage in the Bible that forces a change in my step. I can choose to forget the inconvenience, or I can be altered by my encounter with it. Paul talks about Jesus as a stumbling block, a tripping point. Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone, that is to say He creates the standard by which other things are put into place. Jesus is a challenge for some and an offense to others. His words can shake our thinking and behaviors. Paul concludes his thought by quoting Isaiah: “and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 

An encounter with the depth of God’s kindness in Christ obliterates shame. When God comes to challenge our status quo and trip up our routine, He does so with the invitation to enter into a new way of living. He challenges our broken ways without condemning our choices. When we realign our step with Him, He will build us with hope and vision for the new.

If I am not interrupted by God’s presence, the path of my life will never change. When we encounter the Rock—really encounter Him—He will trip us up. Will we forget it ever happened, or will we stumble onto the greatest discovery that will change our life? 


Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.

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