“He then said, “God’s word: Dig ditches all over this valley. Here’s what will happen—you won’t hear the wind, you won’t see the rain, but this valley is going to fill up with water and your army and your animals will drink their fill. This is easy for God to do…” -2 Kings 3:16-18
For the last year the Kansas City North Younglife team has adopted a term that has changed how we do ministry: Digging Ditches.
As a team of leaders we consistently asked each other how we are digging ditches in hope that God will do the work and fill them. We changed our focus from trying to produce change. We stopped measuring our ministry by numbers. We stopped relying on our own strengths. We moved past our own standards.
Instead, we chose to trust that if we dig ditches God will bring the rain. We chose to focus on what we can control. For a whole year we invested in the lives of high school students. We chose to dig ditches.
For a year we stayed faithful to what God was calling us to. For a year we were committed to digging ditches. For a year we gave our time, energy, tears, money, laughs, and lives to these students. For a year we trusted God would fill the ditches we gave everything to dig.
This last week at Younglife camp I witnessed miracles in the lives of my high school friends. During this time I saw and lived a beautiful truth about God filling ditches:
“This is easy for God to do…”
In one week I saw God fill ditches that we had been digging all year. In one week I saw God do what is easy for Him to do. In one week I saw God call His beloved back to himself. In one week He entered into the lives of our high school friends, calling them to REAL life and whispering, “Come home.”
I was humbled and encouraged to see God’s faithfulness as He filled the ditches. Mostly, I was in awe of how this is easy for God to do.
Just in case you need proof that God filled these ditches check out these pictures of the guys I had the privilege of spending one week with:
“…you won’t hear the wind, you won’t see the rain, but this valley is going to fill up with water…”
Where are you digging ditches? How are you seeing God fill them?