Not too long ago, I heard a speaker use the phrase, “riveted to the Rock” when speaking about holding onto the Lord through the storms of life. That visual has stuck with me since I heard it.
Rivets are usually permanent, mechanical fasteners that can hold amazing amounts of stress. In researching about these little pieces of metal, I learned that when they are placed in the metal, the inside part of them expands to hold them in place. How does metal do that?!
When I was a child, we lived in Bremerton, Washington, which houses the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. That was where my first formal job was and I saw those machinists use rivets among many other tools. I remember seeing thousands of rivets on the ships that were being built and maintained. Rows and rows of them would line all the seams of metal.
Today I was thinking about this concept of being riveted to the Rock. There are so many layers, twists and turns in our lives and sometimes it can be difficult to hang on and be positive. In those times, we need to remember who we are riveted to….THE ROCK! We are not merely paper clipped, glued, or taped to; we can be riveted to the Rock, Jesus Christ. He will not let us go. He will not turn His back on us. He will not stop loving us. We can be assured that He is the Stronghold that will hold us forever, no matter what storms we live through.
“I love you, O Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my Shield and the Horn of my salvation, my Stronghold.” Psalm 18:1,2
Are you riveted to the rock or hanging on by a thread?