The ferry that was to transport us from Anse Mitan in Martinique to Fort-de-France was very, very late. Crowds of people had joined us in the queue, and the police had been called in, just in case…
I wasn’t watching the crowd, however. In fact, I wasn’t even straining to see if the ferry was on its way. Instead, I was “people-watching”…I was watching what was going on outside the crowd!
Take the four people in their early 20s out at the end of the dock, for example. They were jumping off the dock into the water, climbing out and doing it all over again. I’m not sure the purpose of their game, but it looked like they were competing to see how big of a splash they could make…
Closer to where we stood, a young child played on the beach with two friends. He seemed to be watching what the young people at the end of the dock were doing, as if he were trying to figure out how to splash his friends. As I watched, he told them to go out into the water, then when they were about 5 feet out, he ran from the shore and jumped out into the water.
The only thing was, nothing happened. He didn’t even make the tiniest of a splash. This didn’t discourage him, however. He didn’t seem to see that his own efforts did not make any difference to the movement of the gentle waves; and of course, his friends had no idea what he was doing, so they didn’t give him any reaction either.
After a while, his two friends left, but the lad was undaunted, and he continued running from the shore and jumping into the waves. It appeared that even though he wasn’t even making a difference, he was pretty convinced that his efforts were producing splashes as big as those of the young people on the dock…
It made me think. So many of us desire to make a difference in this world. We try so hard, and often we think we are making a difference. After all, we know how to do ____, and if we do it, we will make a difference, right? But are we, like the young child, making any difference at all?
Hopefully we’ll eventually realize that our efforts are resulting in nothing. Otherwise we will become frustrated by thoughts such as: Why am I not healed? Why can’t I bring someone to Jesus? How can I have an impact on people?
As we continue with our efforts, we may eventually, like the young child, discover that we can’t do anything by ourselves…
There is one solution. As we come closer to God, our Heavenly Father will lead us. It’s only then that our insignificant actions can make a big “splash”. That’s when we will find ourselves having an abundant life, for He will make certain that our lives will be filled with genuine love to help those in need.
This little boy never tasted the salt of the ocean. He could not even make a wave splash. Let’s not end up him! Let’s let God take the lead so that our efforts will, indeed, produce a “splash” big enough to make a Kingdom difference!
This is what our Father says: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16 ESV)
I would like to encourage you to read this text in Matthew every morning and evening. Before you read it, ask your Heavenly Father to help you make a difference in this world. God loves to work with us. After all, we are His children.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)
Only our Father can move the ocean, and this is what will happen if we trust in Him.
In His Love,