Downstream

November 14, 2017

 

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? As the waters of God’s grace spring up in us and we flow them out into a world we often scarcely know, do we need to know how what blesses us blesses others  in the Kingdom?  

   

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. 

I’m Mark Brunner.

The little stream behind our home here at Beech Springs starts about 100 yards to the west as a spring in a small marsh. Surrounded by cowslips, reeds, a few hornbeams and beeches, that little spring has no clue of its path or its ultimate end. It knows only cowslips in the Summer, hollow reeds in the Fall and deep mats of brown and yellow leaves underlying a blanket of snow in the Winter. Nevertheless downstream, no more than a quarter of a mile, the little stream flows into a wide pond surrounded by outcroppings of limestone, aspens, and scores of tamaracks. The nearby spring source has no knowledge of this at all as it pushes out its water to places unknown to it. Ultimately, after a journey of several miles, flowing out of the pond, it empties into the Rock River, which empties into the North Branch of the Milwaukee River flowing south toward Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River tens of miles away. From a tiny spring into a mighty lake–this is the story of a little spring. 

 

You and I are like that spring. The waters of God’s grace spring up in us and we flow them out into a world we often scarcely know. Rarely do we see how what blesses us, and we in turn offer as blessings to others, impacts the Kingdom of God. We simply flow persistently and God directs that flow.

 

John Newton wrote. “I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, "By the grace of God I am what I am.” (John Newton.)

 

That little spring behind our house will probably always be a minor source of water. Yet, its small output becomes a part of a greater output simply by being what it is: an ever-flowing, minor spring. It could be more than it is, but it is less than others. By focusing on its persistence to be a small spring of obvious value, it becomes a source of great value downstream despite its smallness at the source. You and I are like that small spring. We have the potential to do great things, but God rarely gives us a glimpse of the what, when or how of it. The power of us is the power of God flowing through us. This is why God often cloaks from us the objective of our holy living, as he reserves the glory for himself, using us to magnify that glory, expanding upon it as he sees fit in a path that we need not know. John 7:38 tells us that “Rivers of living water” flow from us. We are vessels, nothing more or less. As such there is no glory in the source, only in the work that water does downstream in the Kingdom of God. By God’s grace we are what we are.

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for using us to do your glorious work that must be done here on earth. Often we have no idea of how we affect others through our lives, yet we know that it is Christ in us, glorifying you, that makes the holy difference. Forgive us Lord when seek to share even in a small bit of that glory as it will only be revealed in others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to “This Passing Day!”  <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com>  God bless you for Jesus sake.

 

 

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