“… altars are usually built on broken things.
Ancient altars were built of rocks and stone, which prompts reflecting on the geological process by which they occur. Cracked open under the stress of heat or cold, or the shattered remnants from volcanic explosions or violent shaking, rocks are “hard things” that we encounter—small parts of larger difficulties comprising a whole planet.
Life has its own “volcanic” upheavals—when relationships overheat and sear, or when the coldness of rejection stings our hearts. Circumstantial seismic events grind over or around us, leaving a trail of brokenness in their path and piling up a wall of doubt before us. What we do then becomes decisive. We can drag disappointment, resentment or hurt around with us, and become burdened with the weight of these stone-like things. Worse, we can retaliate: get mad and throw those things at somebody else.
Or we can do what God told Abraham to do. We can gather up those hard, broken things and lay them before the Lord—building an altar and worshiping the One who hold our lives and our tomorrows, and who never forgets His promise!”
-Jack Hayford, Manifest Presence