Recently I spent some time preparing to speak to the youth at our school, and in the middle of the night I woke up talking to God. I was telling Him how hard it is sometimes because I see such hardness in some of their hearts. Then I saw a brick wall and it started to rain. God spoke, “Even brick can get wet.” Then He showed me I was part of the process of them coming around to Him. I don’t get to decide when or where they finally become soft, but I am to just rejoice in the privilege of participating in bringing some rain to their brick walls.
Wow. That’s really something.
Ministry really is never about me. If I’m really doing what He’s called me to do, then I will always be able to find myself coming around to this reality. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes it’s a struggle to lay down my pride and make myself humble in the places where I lead. As a person who is discerning, I am always well-aware of how people are perceiving or receiving me at any given moment, and it’s actually something I’ve had to spend time learning to navigate. I cannot respond to every person’s whim. Nor can I be subject to another’s disbelief. I simply cannot bow to doubt. But I am still always aware of it.
As a servant of Christ, I am only responsible to do my part. Sometimes that “part” seems less glamourous than others.
But as long I as live I will be pouring out the water of Holy Spirit into any place I can go. I will pour out that water in every store I walk into, into every hallway of our school, into the recesses of my church, and around the entire property on which I live. I will pour out everywhere and at every opportunity.
You never know what season of someone’s life your pouring into, but one thing is certain, it’s never ever a waste of time.
For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants. Isaiah 44:3
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8