Monday Musings 17/09/12
David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls, on the 16th November 1855. Livingstone gave the falls the name ‘Victoria Falls’ in honour of Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ — literally meaning the ‘Cloud that Thunders’ — is also well known.
There is nothing quite like hearing the roar of the waterfalls as you inch closer and closer. Nor can one adequately describe the exhilaration of being completely soaked by the mist of the cascading falls.
Two weeks ago, while taking some Canadian friends for a visit to the falls, I came away with a whole new appreciation for her beauty. The mighty flow of the Zambezi River in the rainy season has diminished to almost a trickle in what is presently the peak of our dry season here in Zambia. Hopefully the pictures included in this blog give you a side by side comparison of the two seasons.
As awesome as the roar and mist of falls is in the rainy season, the beauty that is exposed beneath the flow of the water in dry season, is equally as magnificent. The dry season allowed me to see the 1.7 kilometre (5,604 ft.) gorge that stretches from Zambia to Zimbabwe, from a whole new perspective. Its rock formations, crevices, and holes normally covered by water are exposed for the whole world to see. The ability to walk across the dry riverbed of the Zambezi, normally gushing with a torrent of water, allows one to walk right to the edge of the 355 foot drop. Just don’t get to close to the edge, or you will be visited by a soldier with a gun, as we discovered.
This experience has provided me with a whole new perspective of the church. As Pentecostals in particular, we tend to live for the experience of the flow and power of the river of the Holy Spirit. However, if you have been around Pentecost as long as I have, you discover that the church will go through dry periods. Seeing Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River in the dry season is a reminder that though the flow and power are diminished, the source is still there.
Let me remind those who find themselves running to the roar of the “next move of God” or the soaking of the “next flow of the Spirit”, that you may be missing life changing Holy Spirit moments in the dry season. The Source is still there in the dry season, He just wants to expose and deposit the incredible formations, depths and widths of God’s Word into our lives.
In the midst of the hot, dry, dusty season where the wind is blowing red dust across the nation of Zambia right now, I find myself reminding the people in the Zambian church that come November, the rains are coming! If things are dry right now in your life or your church, I just want to remind you that the Source is still there and the rains are coming. Don’t run, trust the Source.
Ironically, I had the privilege of speaking at one of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Zambia’s oldest churches yesterday. In its fifty years of history, Eastlea Assembly of God Church has played a significant role in the Pentecostal revival that spread across Zambia. The church was full and at the end of my message, seventeen people walked to the altar and accepted Jesus into their heart. It may be the dry season in Zambia, but the Spirit is still moving!!!!
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!