AN AMAZING FACT: The world’s largest freestanding rock is Mt. Augustus in Western Australia. It rises 2,352 feet above the stony desert and is more than five miles long. It is still debated whether it is a monolith (not connected to rock underneath) or monocline (connected to rock underneath).
Some people think that rocks are pretty boring. But if you are a rock hound, an amateur geologist who collects rocks and mineral specimens from their natural environment, then what otherwise appears like a plain nuisance in someone’s pathway is a treasure. Early prospectors looked for valuable minerals and gemstones, but many people love collecting rocks and minerals simply for their beauty. Hobbyists enjoy getting together or attending gem and mineral shows.
The world’s heaviest rock is osmium. It has the symbol of Os and atomic number 76. It’s hard, brittle, blue-black or blue-gray transition metal in the platinum family, and is the densest element in the world (22.59g/cm3). It is used in alloys for things that require extreme durability, like fountain pen tips and electrical contacts.
The Bible has a lot to say about rocks and minerals. David killed Goliath with a stone. Water flowed from a rock in the wilderness. Altars were built by stacking up stones. Rocks provided shelter. Tombs were hewn from rocks. And houses were best built on rock. Because rocks are durable and readily available, there is no end to their usage.
Perhaps that is why God has qualities compared to a rock. David wrote, “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:3). In God we may find shelter from the enemy. When being attacked we may stand firm on a solid and durable foundation in Jesus.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4