Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! – Psalm 133:1
A few times over the last few years my family and I have visited and toured War Eagle Cavern in NW Arkansas. The tour guides are always well informed and love to tell about the cool history of caverns. One thing that really struck me on our most recent visit, is how the cavern has served as a shelter for so many DIFFERENT people over MANY years — the Osage Indians, civil war soldiers, moonshiners, outlaws Frank and Jesse James, a large family lived there during the Great Depression, even Hollywood movie stars and country music singer Randy Travis spent time in War Eagle Cavern when they were making a movie! Many years, many very different people — but they all had one thing in common, they needed shelter and the rocky cavern provided that. On our tour, I caught myself whistling the tune of an old hymn:
🎶Rock of ages cleft for me let me hide myself in Thee🎶
And then I was thinking, how crazy would it be if all those people, from all those different eras, moved into that cave to DWELL there at once? Natives, soldiers, moonshiners, outlaws, the family, and the famous people. There’s no way they would all move in there together! …unless it was the only shelter there was.
There’s picture, I think, of the church and Christ-centered unity, in the cavern. Christians come from all sorts of differing backgrounds and walks of life. We all have our unique, personal story. We wouldn’t otherwise all be unified — but Jesus is the only shelter that there is. So we dwell in the Rock of Ages, together. And the people who are in Christ with us arent an inconvenience. They’re actually a part of the shelter. We need each other and find a measure of God’s grace in Christ through one another. And our unity serves as a witness to others that Christ is real!
Would you dwell in unity with others in the name of Jesus? Would you consider making a permanent reservation in your heart and in your schedule to encourage and share life with other people who treasure and follow Jesus Christ? Even for the ones that are different than you? Is Jesus important enough to you that other differences don’t mean as much? It is a blessed thing to dwell in unity, in the Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ.
🎶Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee or dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace:
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die🎶