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PEBBLE ON THE BEACH by Frances McCrory Meservy Jan. 1977

Before I went into the depression, I would stand my ground like a rock and not move when in disagreement. I would not do anything to harm anyone; but would firmly stand my ground. Like on the school bus I would not move. I would defend my position.

The depression wore me down so that I was weak and would keep quiet rather than get in a disagreement. When the depression lifted I expressed my opinion sparingly. A depression makes you less sure of yourself.

There is a difference between weak and meek (humble). A weak person lets others walk all over them and says nothing. A humble person is bold because they allow God to work through them. In this manner they stand their ground. Even though they are weak bodily, they are strong in Jesus.

Early in 1977, I had a strange dream. I dreamed I was a pebble in the edge of the ocean and the waves would break over me. Each time the waves broke over me, I felt like I was going to drown and would shift around in the sand.

Each time the waves receded, I would be a little bigger and shift in the sand less. Over a period of time, I slowly grew into a large boulder.

After I became a boulder, the waves would come in; but only spray passed over me. I no longer felt like I was drowning and no longer shifted in the sand.

More time passed and I was a huge boulder. The waves hit around my ankles and none of the spray hit my head. I stood solid and firm - unmoving.

I woke up knowing the rock was my faith and the waves were problems in this world. As the waves washed over me, all the trash was washed away and I was left clean. Because I wasn't washed away, my faith grew stronger. As my faith grew, I grew. Eventually my faith would grow to the point that problems of this world would no longer bother me.

Of major importance: I remembered that a rock does not hit or hurt anyone - nor does it move. Jesus reminded me through a dream that he wanted me to be strong and unmoving in him.

Mat 7:24-25 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

1 Pet 2:1-6 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame."