The sands of doubt

Renee Ann Smith —  April 20, 2011 — 45 Comments

“He is the Rock: His works are perfect, and the way He works is fair and just; He’s a God you can depend upon.” ~~Deuteronomy 32:4

“After reading every book he could find on the existence of God and enduring months of sleepless nights, [author Brian Jones] reached the point of panic attacks and deep depression, even thoughts of suicide. One night, frantic, he called a former professor who had been a mentor to him.

‘In the last six months doubt has begun to paralyze me,’ he told the older man. ‘It’s like when water goes back out to the ocean. [Doubt] is washing away the sand underneath me, and my feet keep sinking lower and lower and lower. If this keeps up, there won’t be any sand left to stand on.’

Rather than reacting with a sermon on the necessity of faith, the wise professor acknowledged Brian’s struggle, even sharing his own battle against unbelief. But then he added these final words, ‘Brian, listen to me when I say this. When the last grain of sand is finally gone, you’re going to discover that you’re standing on a rock.’

‘That one sentence saved me,’ Jones wrote. It helped him hold on long enough to eventually rediscover hope.

No, his doubts weren’t obliterated overnight, but the professor’s words provided Jones enough light to start heading back home. Away from the wilderness of wondering and wandering, back to the only place that’s truly safe . . . the heart of God.”

~~from Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

~Photo credit~

~My review of Lazarus Awakening~

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

45 responses to The sands of doubt

  1. I love it. Your last week’s image is now my computer wallpaper 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing – this is powerful and such a great reminder and comfort of how God is the strong, unmoving, foundation even when we feel like everything is falling a part.

  3. Love the photo! And those words are a comforting reminder! Thank you!

  4. Thats such a powerful truth! And a gorgeous image. Thanks for sharing this story with us today 🙂

  5. I particularly enjoyed this post because it deals with the reality of one man’s very real situation and his friend’s willingness to be vulnerable with him about his own searching journey. We don’t always know the ‘right’ thing to say and later sometimes wish we’d said something different, but if others know we are willing to share our own lives, our own struggles, without pretension, this is surely a step in the right direction. Have a wonderful Easter friend and thanks for posting!

  6. Beautiful story and image! That’s such a powerful statement – perfect for Holy Week. Have a wonderful iFellowship Wednesday!

  7. What a wonderful, beautiful story. I have never heard that before and I totally love it.

  8. Thanks for stopping in, ladies! It was great to come back at the end of the day and read your comments. Blessings, all!

  9. I have been where he is at, and sometimes still find myself there when doubts try to creep back in. This pastor gave hope without guilt, and that is difficult to do.

  10. Standing on the Rock. Such a blessed gift we have to know that our foundation is that solid.

  11. Such a very overwhelming message, mine is here thanks Points of View and Thoughts

  12. What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it. I think it will be saved as a favorite.

  13. Beautiful! Stopping by from TT.

  14. That story gave me goosebumps! I’m visiting today from Thought-provoking Thursday.

  15. What a wonderful illustration of the sureness of our faith. He is indeed our Rock, and we can rely on His promises. Happy Thankful Thursday!

  16. Thank you for stopping by and your heartfelt comment.

  17. I’m here from Bonnie’s. And I know doubt – we were adversaries and companions for a long time. The sands have rushes out finally – I am standing on the Rock. I doubt nothing eternal – it’s me, and the earthly stuff – but even then when I stand on what the sand left behind – light shatters darkness. Thank you for this. God bless and keep you and all of yours.

  18. I’m sorry I haven’t been around and am so glad you all stopped by for a visit! Blessings!

  19. Often, when we peer into the deep woods searching for light, we find out that we were standing in it all along. He was there waiting for us to look up.

  20. How beautiful. I saw this at time that I needed a reminder. Thanks for sharing

  21. Love this post!!

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  22. Looks like an interesting read. I think we all have our periods of doubt…but yes, the rock is there. 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party! Have a blessed Easter. 🙂

  23. Renee (Ann), this is a beautiful reflection for Easter.

    Thank you for encouragement that the safest place is in God’s heart.

    Happy Easter, friend! Thank you for reflecting Jesus through your words!

  24. I love that quote and great post. Happy Easter…

  25. Wonderful post. I don’t want to be a Doubting Thomas, but confess there have been times in my life I have doubted. But “the rock” has always been there for me.
    Happy Easter!

  26. Such comforting and encouraging words and Bible verses. Thank you so much! I’ve heard of that book before. I must check it out. Thanks!

  27. I love this. What wonderful insight. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  28. That is a powerful sentence, I will have to remember this one.

  29. HAPPY EASTER to you Renee Ann. Many blessings to you in your life. Love the continued book reviews.

  30. I love that: when the last grain of sand is gone you’ll discover you are standing on the rock. I’m so thankful for that rock — and my risen Lord!


  31. What a great image, and a brillant reminder of God’s faithfulness.

  32. awesome…

    Hope your Easter was astonishing. Hugs. See you this Thursday, Lynn

  33. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment, Pamela, Kimberlee, and Lynn! Blessings!

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