Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/04/18

From little trickles come mighty rivers in the wilderness

From little things, mighty things can grow.

This one comes from a few Isaiah verses:

Isaiah 43:19 – I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 35:6 – For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.

A two-fold explanation here. We were doing the bi-weekly grocery run on Monday, and I was flipping through some of the kids/tweens magazines looking for something that might interest Chelsea, but that was simple enough not to be discouraging to her German skills. I thought I might have something promising – looked like the German version of Tiger Beat…then Chuck looked over my shoulder, and translated some of the articles, pointed out some of the ads..ick! Not tween-appropriate in my book at all. What happened to letting kids be kids? What happened to letting kids wait to grow up?

So then, Isaiah popped up in Holy Hour discussing the wilderness. He got me thinking about rivers. The Rhine, the Mississippi, the Nile are all looong rivers, right? Yet, they all start from little places. A waterfall’s the same way. The one at Covecrest begins with just a little, itsy-bitsy rivulet of water, yet other trickles join it until the trickles form a creek, then a stream going downhill…and suddenly, there’s a full-blown waterfall pouring over the water-shelf. But the trickle has to be there for the waterfalls, for the mighty rivers to begin. Now, that beginning dribble might get shifted over time. It might even get damned up, and then another trickle takes up the job of beginning the waterfall or river.

That just reminds me of what we’re doing here, in what sometimes does feel like a bit of a wasteland spiritually. LifeTeen has been in Susterseel for a long while, but last year, the streamlet of leading teens to Christ seems to have gotten diverted a little, to have lessened for some reason. So, okay…time to find a new way to reach teens within the LifeTeen framework. How? I have absolutely no clue. But God does. If I keep listening to Him, he might have a few hints. Just have to remember that it might take a while for the spiritual trickle to grow, and that if God wants it to happen, it will happen. God is the one who made miracles happen, who sent rivers scudding through arid wastelands. He doesn’t fail. We just fail, when we don’t listen to Him.

(Don’t worry, Europe is not a totally desolate place, spiritually. There are wonderful people here, filled with God’s love. Sometimes they just seem to be in the minority compared to all the secularism. Could you remind God in your prayers to keep an eye on Europe, if you remember? Please?)

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