Thrown against The Rock

Have you ever put someone on a pedestal, then been devastated when they disappointed you?

Have you ever looked to another person to be what only God can be?

Theologian C.H. Spurgeon wrote this:

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”


If your ‘wave’ is idol worship in the form of other people, it may sweep you under one day. But if you allow yourself to come up for air it will also throw you against God. He is truly the ONLY one that can satisfy your heart’s desires. He has certainly fulfilled my desperate, unyielding need for unconditional love. There is nothing I can do in myself to earn it. I just have to choose to receive. He loves me no matter what because he IS love. He can’t be anything else. And falling into HIM is anything but risky. He is my true, unchangeable, unmatchable Rock of Ages. And no human – no matter how loving or beautiful or inspirational or wise – will ever come close to him.


  1. This is something I think you have to revisit often. Because it is part of our humanness is some strange way to idolise people, to put people up on that pedestal – thanks for the reminder =)

    1. Yes, I agree – well said. People are tangible and ‘real’, but sometimes God can feel hard to ‘touch’ or connect with. Sometimes we have to go through the disappointment that all people inevitably bring in order to come face to face with our perfect God.

  2. Excellent word, Ali. Before I really knew God/Jesus, I put people in His place all the time–I didn’t know any better. Now I do, so that’s not a huge problem–except that we all have expectations of folks; not that they should be like God, but that they should be/do “somethin'”–so sometimes we do get disappointed. But then it does throw us against our need for God, and He is always there–so I generally get it worked out fairly quickly. I’m babbling….God bless you BIG–and Happy Christmas, Joyous Noel to you and your lovely family–love, sis Caddo

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience Caddo. How wonderful that you realised what you were looking for all along. May we all come to the realisation that only He can be and do what no human can. God bless you richly this festive week!

  3. Dearest Ali,
    I have been thinking of you so very often. Sometimes when I take a walk by the sea or in the woods. You are such a pure heart. And eventhough we are miles away, I feel this connection. I just came by to wish you and your family a very blessed and meaningful Christmas. And may goodness be poured into your lap “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” God bless, Sharon

    1. Wow, thank you Sharon, I feel the connection too and appreciate so much your thoughts and wishes for me. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas remembering Jesus. Many blessings, thoughts and prayers dear friend. Keep in touch.

  4. We do tend to expect more out of people and hold them in higher regard than we should. We are all weak and make mistakes, so it’s not wise to put our faith in them (or us.) Great reminder. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Yes, it’s a balance between protecting ourselves from disappointment and appreciating the gifts that other people are. Thanks for your visit Janna, and enjoy your week of baking!

  5. Thank you, dear Ali! I am one to do this .. and He knows . ..and often separates me so I can regain a healthier perspective, with Him being Number One! God bless you and yours and your time celebrating Jesus!

    1. Thank you for sharing that Debbie, and reminding me afresh to keep placing Him in number one position. God bless you as you appreciate Jesus, and His many gifts.

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