Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Maid of the Mist

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Act 1:8)

A few years ago our family spent a day at Niagara Falls. It was something we had wanted to do for a long time. While we had seen photos and film clips of the Falls, we were not at all prepared for the overwhelming magnitude of the actual site.

The highlight of our day came as we stood on deck aboard the Maid of the Mist, a small ship that sails right to the base of the horseshoe Falls.

We held on tightly to the rails as the vessel bounced around like a paper cup. The wind howled and the thunderous waters overflowed the crest of the Falls 170ft. above our heads. We were drenched -- soaked to the bone! It was thrilling and unforgettable.

After we disembarked from the ship the Lord spoke to me. “That’s what the Church is supposed to be like, “He said. “The Church is like a vessel, the Maid of the Mist, and people who board Her are to be carried into the overflowing presence of God. There they experience the exhilarating and drenching power of His Holy Spirit. No one ever disembarks the same as when they boarded!”

May it be so that Churches all across America become like the Maid of the Mist. May people be carried into the awesome presence of God, and soaked to the bone in the overflowing power of His Spirit and His Word!

All Aboard and Anchors Aweigh!


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