Writing a blog is strange thing. Often I am writing to an “audience” that I cannot know fully… or to people I am not even sure will ever read these words…
I can track statistics on how many people read the blog, what posts they read, how they were referred to the blog (through Facebook, a Google search, from an email), but I don’t REALLY know who reads the blog.
And then, even if people do read, I don’t know that the words I type, the messages I am looking to convey, actually have the impact I intend.
Its’ odd really.
Sometimes I pour my heart out in a blog post. Before I hit “PUBLISH” I pray and ask God that the post I’m about to make public will be used to God’s GLORY and to the benefit of the reader. And sometimes, people share about the value of having read it or how the post spoke to them. Or.. they let me know they did indeed notice when I failed to write a post (see last week, or the lack thereof) 😉 I guess it is reassuring to hear back every now and again… because it lets me know my words had a purpose, that they had an impact, that it was worth doing.
I have often heard quoted a scripture from Isaiah 55 about God’s Word:
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Sometimes WE do not know that OUR words will accomplish what WE desire. Often it seems like our words have “fallen on deaf ears” or that what we say becomes twisted into what it was never meant to mean… but God’s word will “not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
It is reassuring to know that TRUTH. Reassuring to know that in a world where so much can seem futile, that God’s word is NOT AT ALL.
AND (as if that isn’t great enough!) God GIVES US HIS WORD. He has given us the Scriptures. We don’t have to wait to hear God speak again… we don’t have to gather to have someone read the official word from the LORD… we don’t have to wonder when we will again hear God speak. WE HAVE HIS WORD!
One of the amazing things about camp is that it is “life concentrated.” Things that take much longer to accomplish in other situations happen in the course of the week (friendships, character growth, learning new skills, spiritual growth). It is blessing to see God’s word at work in the lives of those at camp. To be able to see the seed be scattered and to watch it grow… to see how scripture has the power to transform lives… to see how God’s word is alive and at work. You, almost, can’t miss what God is doing because in the “concentrated” environment of camp, well, that is what our focus is upon! Meanwhile, in other areas of our lives, the distractions, worries, and activity make it harder for us to see God at work, unless we CHOOSE to take notice!
So let’s make that choice: How has God been at work in your life through his word? Have you been diligent in spending time in the Bible?
How about this… what if WE (not just me, and I really am hoping you’ll join me) spend the next week reading 1 John?
As you read, come back and share here how this scripture is at work. What is God teaching you about His character, about you and about what this means for your life? Sometimes we ALL (me included!!!) can benefit from reading scripture and sharing in community. And while it seems we cannot all be physically together to do this, we can come together HERE to form community, to build up one another through sharing the study of this piece of scripture TOGETHER.
Will you join with me in this over the next week (or so)?
Take some time to read 1 John, pray on it, study it, allow God to work in you through this scripture. And THEN come back to the blog to share and discuss!
Hope to “see” you here often this week 😉