Did you know an estimated 500,000 tons of water rush over Niagara Falls every minute? It’s true.
However on March 29, 1948, the falls stopped falling. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. Shockingly. People living within the sound of the falls were awakened by, of all things, THE SILENCE. Many believed it to be a sign the world was coming to an end.
It was 30 hours before the rush of water resumed.
So, what happened? Apparently heavy winds had set the ice fields of Lake Erie in motion and tons of ice jammed the Niagara River entrance near Buffalo, stopping the flow of the river until the ice shifted again.
In much the same way the flow of God’s grace and blessing in our lives can be stopped by cold indifference, and it doesn’t take as much or as long as you might ordinarily think. We let down our spiritual disciplines. We get out of the habit of having a quiet time every day. We take a break from serving. We miss a couple of Connect Group meetings and one day realize it’s been several weeks since we attended.
Or, we let the kids’ school activities take precedence over the church’s youth program. Sports become the focal point of Sundays instead of worship. We’re out of town one weekend, and since we didn’t give our tithe and offering for that Sunday we now have a surplus in our account and it feels strangely good. Good, but strange. We know that’s really money we intended to give to God, and we still want to and plan to; but another week passes and we do the same thing. One day it dawns on us that it’s been months since we’ve given what we used to give regularly, cheerfully, and enthusiastically.
We forget to pray before going to sleep at night or forget to pray before meals, and before we know it, we aren’t praying at all. We can’t remember the last time we shared our faith with someone or even invited someone to church.
Sundays used to be such a day of excitement and joy. We used to get ready with anticipation and enthusiasm. Now we find ourselves being irritable on Sundays. Being critical, negative, even finding fault with all kinds of things we never even used to notice. We’re dragging ourselves to do the very things no one would have ever been able to drag us away from doing.
As we move into the cooler weeks of the fall (hopefully), don’t let anything or anyone keep you from being and staying on fire for the Lord and His church.
How’s that for a warm up for Sunday? I can’t wait to see you at Crossroads!
© 2013. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.