As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV)
This stream is fed by Lake Isabelle which is fed by a glacier high in the Rocky Mountains. I spent some time perched on a rock before the stream turns into a water fall dropping several hundred feet into the canyon below. The roar of the water was incredible.
This water rushes, pounds, cleanses, strips, purifies, and actually softens the rocks it cascades over as it breaks them down. Even still life springs green where the mist settles around the rocks that are subject to the waters force. As the water cascades down it becomes gentler, the rocks become smoother and eventually disappear into sand and soil – where life, trees, fish, grass and animals can be sustained and grow. After all the rushing water reaches the valley below it becomes peaceful. The water collects in a lake where its work changes – it now smoothes instead of breaks, it sustains instead of crushing, it forges the canyon purposely, it moves, it can not be stopped.
The water, like God’s Word does not return void before accomplishing it’s intended work, no matter how hard the rocks are!