Smooth to the shelving brink a copious flood
Rolls fair and placid: where collected all,
In one impetuous torrent down the steep
It thundering shoots, and shakes the country round.
At first, an azure sheet, it rushes broad;
Then whitening by degrees, as prone it falls,
And from the loud-resounding rocks below,
Dash’d in a cloud of foam, it sends aloft
A hoary mist, and forms a ceaseless shower.
Nor can the tortured wave here find repose:
But, raging still amid the shaggy rocks,
Now flashes o’er the scatter’d fragments, now
Aslant the hollow channel rapid darts;
And falling fast from gradual slope to slope,
With wild infracted course, and lessen’d roar,
It gains a safer bed, and steals, at last,
Along the mazes of a quiet vale.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a water droplet at the headwaters of a river? You would begin your journey without knowing where you were going or where you would end up. Your path would be guided by the riverbanks. You would face many obstacles along the way such as enormous rocks, logs, twists and turns, dry areas, and waterfalls. At times, you would move slowly. Other times, you would travel rapidly. At the waterfalls, you would drop so quickly, be pushed from behind, and perhaps even get stuck swirling around at the bottom for hours at a time. During the whole voyage, you would hear this distant voice guiding you and cheering you on. Your source. Your maker….
I can relate to the water droplet. I feel like our journey in ministry started without knowing exactly where we were headed or where we would end up. Out path is always being guided by our source, by our maker. We have faced an enormous number of obstacles. Our waterfalls have been steep. We have swirled around and moved very slowly. We have been under pressure and have moved very quickly. I am so thankful that our Maker has continued to cheer us on.
I am so grateful for the ministry of Solid Rock International and of all the ways that we get to interact with the world around us. I am so thankful for the voyage, the twists and turns, the obstacles, the slowness, the speed, the drops, and the swirling.
Over the last several weeks, we enjoyed some time in the still waters during the holiday season. We picked up a lot of speed over the past 3 weeks with preparations and teams on the ground. We faced twists and turns with new team cancellations due to the Omicron variant. We changed our direction and made new plans to keep ministering to the people of the San Juan Region.
Keep praying for all of us as work together to share the gospel message and love of Jesus Christ with those around us. We appreciate all of you!