“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” Isaiah 41:17-18 (New International Version)
For me, the prophetic words of Isaiah 41:17-18 echo Connecting Stream’s ministry vision. From the ministry’s birth, this scriptural promise continues to paint a beautiful tapestry of God’s desire to give those who seek Him the living waters of refreshment, restoration, and revival – preparing and uniting believers and the church for active ministry and the expansion of God’s Kingdom.
However, do you ever feel that ministry is like walking through a desert?
Lately, many ministry challenges have overwhelmed me with discouragement. In my mind, I wander through a barren desert of contradiction. God commissions us to ministry, yet believer apathy, volunteer participation, and ministry finances are constant and seemingly endless struggles. Doubt, faithlessness, and unbelief ambush my assurance of God’s sovereignty over my circumstances. In the midst of my perceived crisis, I entertain the thought that Kingdom vision may only be a desert mirage that entices me further into the parched dunes of a fruitless terrain. Fortunately, my heart remembers what my mind forgets.
Relentlessly, I pray to God for tangible assurance. In the desolate wilderness recesses of my mind, the warfare continues and I ask for a reassuring oasis—a place to wash away the wounds of brokenness, a place to bathe in refreshment and restoration, a place to soak in assurance that will remind me of His Connecting Stream’s promise and reiterate my perseverance to the Kingdom call. After many pleas and a long, listening silence, I seek spiritual solace in the words of a familiar worship song. Unexpectedly, the Lord answers as the Spirit sings softly to my soul:
Did you feel the darkness tremble?
When all the saints join in one song
And all the streams flow as one river
To wash away our brokenness
And here we see that God you’re moving
A time of Jubilee is coming
When young and old return to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord
Scripture tells us that John the Baptist lived in the parched Judean desert and persevered against much opposition to proclaim, “Prepare the way for the Lord.” Similarly, God calls us to do likewise. The labour of true Kingdom ministry is hard, with relentless opposition, but through passion, perseverance, and prayer, we shall inevitably reap the fruit of a plentiful harvest. In these days, the very foundations of the earth shake…and darkness does indeed tremble as the enemy shudders, because despite his ambush attempts, he is witnessing God’s chosen rise up to proclaim and prepare the way of the risen Lord. Come, join the faith adventure, see God moving, unite in celebration and rejoice—a time of jubilee is coming, indeed!