Random Musings of Faith – July 27, 2014
(The rain is coming down and folks are fleeing the beach … )
“Yet just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55: 10-11
This is one of my favorite Bible passages along with the Parable of the Sower. It reminds me that at the end of the day, the response of others to the Word of God and the call to Faith is out of my hands. All I can do is try and nurture the Word and the seed by my witness to the Lord Jesus Christ in the faith of the Church, trusting that the Word will not return to God empty or the seed fall only on barren soil.
Which reminds me of one of my favorite stories …
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”