On the Fourth of July I strolled along the beautiful blue Detroit River in Motor City, Michigan. Although it was a national holiday, people enjoying the unusually cool afternoon were scarce along the scenic river walk. Hart Plaza stood eerily vacant except for two skateboarders posing for a photograph.
As my friends admired sculptures and paintings, The Lord stirred my heart. My confused eye rested on an unusual creation. Although it had been designed to overflow with soothing cascades of water, the fountain appeared abandoned. The artist’s original purpose was faintly recognizable as a dry well underneath a rusty metal structure.
A disturbance rippled through me as I peered up at the magnificent skyline looming above. This entire city was meant for a greater purpose. Postcards describe Detroit as a center for travel and conventions. However locked storefronts now display signs to call for an appointment. Historic high rise buildings stand almost devoid of human activity compared to the hustle of a thriving city.
While I heard no audible words, I distinctly perceived God say, “You are like this fountain. You have hidden My word in your heart, but My Word doesn’t flow from you.” Glancing back one last time, I remembered I had been created to “be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58:11
While I seek The LORD to guide me daily, I’m hesitant to share my story with acquaintances. Fears of offending a co-worker, being rejected by a friend, or being attacked for my beliefs paralyze me. Always worrying about what might happen consumes me. Instead I need to be obedient to His will. Allow Him to unleash his power however He chooses.
As uncles, brothers, and cousins gathered among the dilapidated neighborhoods with burned out windows to barbecue, I prayed for Godly leaders to arise in the city of Detroit. Seeing the men, women, and children crowding the road sides all day in the hot sun bothered me.
Anguish descended on me as the burdens of this troubled city quickly overwhelmed me. Then I remembered, “The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.” Isaiah 58:11 The city of Detroit desperately needs the Lord’s strength and wisdom.
Relief calms me as I rationalize I’m only responsible for my small part. If I’m willing to share how God has spoken to me in my small circle of friends, He will restore all who are burdened with His strength.
The next time you hesitate to share your story or even pray aloud with an acquaintance; remember God only desires you to be obedient. He is perfectly capable of providing for whatever happens next.