Earthdate: 20160201 — These are the ramblings of one traveler’s journey on earth as he makes his way toward a heavenly home.
After a great conference last week, today was a return to a “normal” work schedule. I was up early and headed to work at 6 AM to do the morning cleaning and check on maintenance requests that had been left for me last week. I am blessed to be a part of a church family and staff that supports the work God does through me in Impact Prayer Ministry. Not only is there a financial support, but I know that I am prayed for and that there are people willing to clean the building and handle whatever tasks come up while I am out teaching, preaching, and representing the prayer ministry. The deacons and my fellow staff members at Deer Run are a vital part of the Impact Prayer Ministry team and I appreciate them greatly. I don’t dread coming back from a week-long conference because I know that things have been taken care of while I was gone and not simply left to accumulate for my return. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to each person who helped last week!
Upon completing the cleaning and changing a couple light bulbs that I had a note about, I settled in to my Monday morning routine. If nothing pressing demands my time, Monday mornings are when I spend time with God writing the prayer guide that will be published for the following week. While there have been a few intentional duplicates and an occasional new prayer guide that reuses a topic, I continue to be amazed at how God has given the content for these guides each week since November 2012. On their own, each prayer guide may not seem like much but they represent a faithfulness in doing a seemingly small thing that God has called and gifted me to do.
As the day unfolded, I thought about my visit to Mingus Mill last week in the Smoky Mountains National Park. As you approach the mill, the creek that it is built next to is nothing that would shout “power source”! It is a small meandering stream that flows from the nearby mountains into the valley below. It is not the volume of the stream that makes this mill still function 130 years after it was built, it is the faithfulness of its flow. A partial diversion of the stream’s water down an elevated wooden raceway continues to power this mill on a seasonal basis just as it did for the early residents years ago. While any part of this process may not seem that significant, and some parts may not even seem suitable to the task, all of the pieces work together to do what they were designed to do and provide cornmeal or flour to those needing food to eat.
Many times God gives us gifts and abilities that at first glance do not seem all that impressive. They may be easy to overlook and perhaps even be neglected as we long for something more visible that brings greater notice to us. Unfortunately, those “greater things” rarely come when we fail to be faithful in the “little things” that God has designed for us to do. I pray that you and I take a fresh look at all of the pieces and people that God has brought together in our lives and consider how faithfulness in each one doing their part would look. When we are faithful with everything God gives us, we are able to share the Bread of Life with people who are in desperate need of the life we have found in Jesus.