“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Psalms 89:1
Ever since I was a child and heard of Old Faithful, I had a curious desire to see it. You can imagine then how excited I was a few years ago when I had that opportunity! I was going to visit a friend who lived in Wyoming, not far from Yellowstone National Park, so on my way to her home, I planned my route to take me through Yellowstone National Park and past Old Faithful.
When I arrived at the sight of the famous geyser, it had just erupted. If I wanted to see it, I would have to wait. I did not want to leave without seeing it, so I got something to eat and waited. While waiting, I observed all the people that were waiting as well. There were people of all ages, languages, and nationalities. They were people from all over the world, and they had all come to see the same thing I had, Old Faithful.
As we waited, the crowd grew, and so did the excitement. Finally, it was time! There it went, just as it had for at least a hundred and fifty years. Like everyone else, I watched, took pictures, and then it was over. I got into my truck and continued through beautiful Yellowstone, stopping at other geysers and points of interest along the way. Once through the park, I began reflecting back on the day and all the beautiful sights I had seen. As I thought, I began to feel a little disappointed with Old Faithful. I had made a special trip, waited an hour, and spent way too much on one sandwich just to see a geyser that did not last that long, nor was it particularly beautiful or grand compared to other geysers and sights I had seen. I had expected it to be more grand or beautiful or more something. Then I recalled its name, Old Faithful.
Hudson Taylor once said, “A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in a little thing is a great thing.”
Thinking as I drove, I began to better understand what Mr. Taylor was saying. It’s easy to do something today, but what about every day? Day in and day out, year after year, decade after decade, Old Faithful has been there. Before my great grandparents were born, it was there erupting on time. When my grandparents and parents were born, it was there irrupting on time—and it’s still there erupting on time today!
This geyser does not have a glamorous job, or might I say an essential job, but I believe God gave us Old Faithful to illustrate faithfulness for us. What a blessing to know that we have a God who is faithful. He can be depended upon, believed, and relied on. Here are just a few of the many ways God is faithful:
- He is faithful to save. 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
- He is faithful to forgive. 1 John 1:9, “ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- He is faithful when we are not. 2Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
- He is faithful to provide. Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
God is a faithful God, and He desires His people to be faithful people. He does not require greatness, just faithfulness!
1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful”
There are many things I would like to be more faithful at doing. I pray that the Lord will help me to be found faithful, and perhaps one day to hear the Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
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Emily Blake, GSBC Staff
Miss Blake had the opportunity to grow up in a pastor’s home and learned the joy of serving the Lord early on. She graduated from Golden State Baptist College and now serves full-time as the Dining Hall manager for GSBC.
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