A Cleft in the Rock


A Cleft in the Rock

By Susie Teramura


I feel like

I can’t get

Words out.


Words are there,

But packed in

So tightly

That they seem


And when I

Pull them out

They don’t seem

Useful anymore,



Out of shape

Not what I mean.


What are words

To describe You anyway

And all

That You are?


What kind of

Words could

Possibly describe

The grandness,


What words could

Do justice to

that kind of love,


That grace so big,

So generous,

So over the top,

The kind that

oozes out

All over



Pondering this

As I was looking up

at those rocks,

Thousands of miles

from home,

The mountains,

Upon mountains,

All I could think

About was


Solid, immovable,



The grandness

Of them

Of You, 

Left my

Mouth open,

My chin


And words stuck

In my throat.


And then,

Littlest one

Runs over,

On this hike of ours

And calls to me

“ Look Mommy”

As she tucks

Herself into

A cleft in the rock.


She calls me to come

And I fit too

And feel

The enormous red rock

Next to my skin,

And I feel safe,

And the words

Start to pour out

Like sweet syrup

all over

both of our hearts,

As You bring to mind

That verse about

Hiding Your

Beloved in

The cleft of the rock,

And I tell her the good news

That our God

Is the one

who thinks of

everything and

will keep us safe.

It is his pleasure,

It is his way.


And so we pause

There in the

Cleft of the rock

And think of

Your big Hand

holding us in there,

And peace laps like

water over my soul.


I am cared for,

Loved and hidden,

In your heart,

Soild, immovable

forever and

For always


Exodus 33:22

22 and while My glory is passing by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and protectively cover you with My hand until I have passed by.

1 Samuel 2:2

“There is no one holy like the Lord, There is no one besides You, There is no Rock like our God.

 Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me; My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower—my stronghold

 Psalm 27:5

For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

 Psalm 71:3

Be to me a rock of refuge and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually come;


11 thoughts on “A Cleft in the Rock

  1. Susie,
    What a delight to enjoy this photo with your post — and what a trip it must have been! I think your words admirably describe the refuge that God provides his children with and the awe and wonder that his creation inspires in us. I loved that you included the Exodus verse because can you imagine what it must have been like for Moses and Elijah who stood in the cleft of a rock while God’s glory passed by and was on display for them? I love meditating on those stories and the imagery of God being our rock was right in front of you on this trip — what an amazing picture and experience! So glad you had this time of making memories with your family! xo

    1. Valerie-
      I wish the photo was better quality and all!! (not sure if you have been that way before but you would take some beautiful pictures I know!!) It was so hard to capture the beauty and bigness of these rocks! I just kept thinking about all the mountain and rock verses- and how God calls himself this-It was a special time and I am so grateful for the chance to go- :)xo

  2. I love what God teaches us about His character in His creation. I’m so glad you got to experience this, Susie, and build special memories with your family. I love the photo of your daughter safe in the cleft of the rock. Your words and the verses fall as soothing balm over my weary heart today. What a comfort to know that no matter what circumstances we are in: “I am cared for, Loved and hidden, In your heart, Solid, immovable forever and For always” Thank you, my friend. Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Hi Trudi- me too!! Nature always seems to draw my heart closer to him in the wonder of it all! This special place in the rocks spoke to me about the protective and loving heart of the father- which I need badly to be reminded of – The more I step into that belief the more I can trust him. — with much love!

  3. The words “solid”, “immovable ” speak to me. I am so glad God is so firm, strong, unchangeable because I am so up and down and fretting etc. – love the photo and all the thoughts

  4. I’m sitting outside this Sunday evening with the tall maple trees bending low in the wind. I think I should go in but I read your words and think of being tucked in safely, so I stay and listen to the music of the leaves.

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