Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Massive Falls and the LittleTiny Trickle

Recently my husband and I hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail which ended at Amicalola Falls State Park.

Amicalola Falls is a 729 foot waterfall in Dawson County, Georgia, making it over four times as tall as Niagra Falls.  There are multiple observation areas available to view the falls.  One is at the top of the falls, where you can watch the water flow from under your feet and then cascade over the top; another at a mid-point in the falls as your pathway takes you across and in front of the falls, and then further down from the reflection pool.

We walked down (thankfully down) the  604 steps of the observation area to view the falls from all angles. (In truth, we were just walking to the end of the Approach trail of the Appalachian Trail to finish our hike, but we could not help but view such beautiful falls while doing so.)

As we stood on the portion of the viewing deck directly in front of the falls, I looked to the side to see small trickles of water running from out of the rock and landing in the falls.

These trickles of water become part of the falls, cascading down tier after tier of rock.  I looked back at the massive falls and again at the tiny trickle and the thought came to me that the falls were just a collection of hundreds and hundreds of tiny trickles all joined together.

There was not one part of the falls more important, more vital to the falls than the tiny trickle I was watching.

How much this reminded me of the body of Christ. . .many members and yet one body.

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many."    (I Corinthians 12: 12-14.)

When seen collectively, the body of Christ would be even more massive and impressive than the waterfalls at Amicalola.  Seen independently, we may seem quite unimpressive and small.  Yet, all have a place, a calling, and a purpose.

Where ever the Lord has placed us in His waterfall, let us fall to His glory.  Let us seek His will and His pleasure.  It may only be a smile, a friendly word, an simple encouragement we give to others, but if done to glorify Him, He can make it a vital part of a great tumbling of waters.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do
do all to the glory of God.  
1 Corinthians 10:31

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