Hidden in the Cleft of the Rock

One Friday I misplaced my cell phone.

I went back to Heidi’s place where I thought I had left it. I was about to go inside to find it when Fred said, “Look down.”

My cell phone was in the gravel behind our car. There was no doubt that we’d driven over it. I picked it up, wiped off the dust, and tested it out. It still worked!


I couldn’t believe it. It must have fallen into a hollow of gravel, so the full force of the car didn’t crush it.

In the days that followed the incident kept coming to mind, as if God wanted me to notice something about it. as if God was saying something in it.

Monday in a prayer retreat I was drawn to Psalm 62. It speaks of God being our refuge and our fortress. At the close of that retreat, I mentioned what happened with my cell phone and a friend said, “It’s like you’ve been placed in the cleft of the rock.”

She was referring to Exodus 33 when God hid Moses in the cleft of the rock while his glory passed by or Song of Songs when the lover finds his beloved in the cleft of the rock and delights to see her face and hear her voice. The image of the cleft in the rock speaks of a God who protects us, delights in us, and cherishes us. That was Monday.

Tuesday I mentioned what happened with my cell phone to my spiritual director. “It reminds me of that Bible verse about God being with us when we pass through deep waters.”

“The verse in Isaiah,” she said.

heart stones Portone Pallatin Flikr

“Yes. I think God is telling me: ‘Even if you feel like you’ve been run over by a car, I will be with you. You’ll be all right.’”

Thursday morning three scriptures “happened” to be in my daily reading. The first one was Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”

The second one was 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

And the third one was (you can see this coming)…

Rushing water Simon Varwell

Isaiah 43:2,
“When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Do you think God was trying to tell me something?

“Cell Phone” by Fred Hizsa. Used with permission.
“Heart Stone” by Portone Pallatin. Used with permission.
“Rushing Waters” by Simon Varwell. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013 http://www.estherhizsa.wordpress.com.

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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