Approximately 200 years ago, rock masons tamed Dunoon, Scotland, corralling houses, streets, and green spaces behind unending lines of rock fences of various heights and shapes, from ornate curved with little houses attached to the back for coal storage to basic. The years have whisked by with changes to property ownership and streets. The rock fences have remained unchanged.
Sadly, no written record exists to tell the history of the rock fences or to name the rock masons who built such marvelous structures. I’ve searched. It would seem that the rock fences and their builders were deemed too common place and unappreciated to warrant mention. And, yet, year after year—the rock fences remain silently and steadfastly doing their job.
Some of us can relate to the rock fences. Years pass as we faithfully perform the charges that God has given us—often without recognition or reward. Should we ever feel unappreciated and undervalued, we should think of rock fences and the burdens they so faithfully carry with no accolade. Year after year they make the world around them a better place. They don’t get praise for their existence, but they would be missed if they were gone.
Even better, remember Jesus: “Who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of man. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:6
“Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death…that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9
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4 thoughts on “Building with Rocks”
It is indeed sad that the master craftsmen who built those rock fences are neither known nor given the respect they were clearly due, Steph. But isn’t that so true of all life’s ordinary heroes? I hope you are doing okay yourself, my dear. You are being a rock of a different kind yourself.
Thanks, Val. I feel a bit more rocky right now than a rock! You are right; there are many unsung heroes in life…human as well as rock!
Rock walls are common in Southern Indiana. Thank you for your words of encouragment.
Thank you for your encouragement! I didn’t know rock walls were common in Southern Indiana. It’s great to know that. Thanks.