The legend of the stones.

September 18, 2008

I just read and wanted to share this African legend (key word: legend) about Jesus and His disciples as told by Elisabeth Elliot.

It is only a legend. But I think it’s not sacrilegious and I do believe that there’s a strong lesson here for all of us. It certainly was a lesson that hit me between the eyes. It’s the legend of the stones.

Jesus was walking one day with His disciples and asked each one to pick up a stone to carry for Him. They all picked up a stone. Peter, rather a small one; John, a bigger one. Jesus led them to the top of a mountain and then He commanded the stones to be made bread. The disciples were by this time hungry, and so they were given permission to eat the bread in their hands. Of course, Peter didn’t have very much. John shared with him some of the bread that had been made from the stone he had carried.

On another occasion, the same Jesus took the same disciples for a walk and again asked them to pick up a stone to carry for Him. This time you can imagine that Peter picked up a bigger stone. But Jesus did not take them this time to the top of the mountain. He took them to the river. As they stood on the bank looking with questions in their minds to Him, He said, “Throw the stones into the river,” which they did at once in obedience to His command. Then they looked at Him, expectantly waiting for the miracle that would happen this time.

Nothing happened. They waited. They watched. Nothing happened. Jesus, with great compassion, looked on these disciples whom He loved and He said, “For whom did you carry the stone?”

(Elisabeth Elliot, “For Whom Do You Carry Your Stone?”)


4 Responses to “The legend of the stones.”

  1. garnet Says:

    i was just thinking about this story the other day : )

  2. garnet Says:

    except i think i heard that the stones turned into diamonds. : )

  3. simp1ysteph Says:

    mmm i love elizabeth elliot.

  4. tia Says:

    g: this is the first time i heard this story! if you have that other version, send it to me please! :]

    steph: me, tooo.

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