By: Rhiannon Kelly, Director of Youth Ministry
Several years ago on a youth mission trip in Florida I found myself sitting in a church courtyard praying that God would give me guidance to face some challenges. I became mesmerized by a very old stone fountain dripping and pouring water from one tier to the next and splashing over the side. I was reminded of this quote by Margaret Atwood: “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.”
In the scripture John the Baptist is described as wearing camel’s hair clothing and eating locust dipped in wild honey. Not your likely character description for the one who was charged with leading all of the people of Jerusalem to be baptized in the Jordan river. And surely, this was not an easy job for him. God doesn’t tend to put the “likely” folks in positions to spread His messages and do His work. He picks the normal, locust-eating folks like us. That creates some self-doubt, uncertainty and obstacles. But John made things clear to the people when he said “I baptize you with water, but Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” It wasn’t about him. It’s not about us.
We are called to be vessels of God’s love, redemption, and grace. We are human--our bodies are 60% water. We face obstacles and we have self-doubt. We don’t always feel like the “likely” leader. However, we can be the stepping stones to Jesus for others with the Holy Spirit providing the guidance, counsel, and strength we need.
The quote from above ends: “Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Father, let me feel the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding me to the other side of my obstacles. Amen.