Recently I stumbled onto some writings by Rick Bass, author and environmentalist. He writes of the significance of many small accummulations of ice and snow to form glaciers. Bass states that a glacier is the most powerful force the world has ever seen. Literally nothing can stop a glacier.
Bass writes that scientists speculate that the origin of glaciers is that they are "the result of a wobble, a hitch, in the earth's rotation. . . . Glaciers get built or not built, simply, miraculously, because the earth is canting a single one-trillionth of a degree in this direction for a long period of time, rather than in that direction."
And then he writes, "When I am alone in the woods, and the struggle seems insignificant or futile, or when I am in a public meeting and am being kicked all over the place, I tell myself that little things matter—and I believe that they do. I believe that even if your heart leans just a few degrees to the left or the right of center, that with enough resolve, which can substitute for mass, and enough time, a wobble will one day begin, and the ice will begin to form, where for a long time previous there might have been none. Keep it up for a lifetime or two or three, and then one day—it must—the ice will begin to slide."Source: Ron Bass, The Roadless Yak, Lyons Press.Image: Franz Joseph Glacier, NZ
Could it be that the revival outbreak was like a glacier? The glacier slowly forms by the fallling of snow that collects over time. Then as the snow deepens, the weight compresses, ice forms, then more snow, then more ice. This occurs over years; and nothing significant happens.
Bass notes that the glacier must acccumulate a mass of sixty-four feet or more before it begins to move. But when it begins to move; nothing can stop it.
He said that with "the result of a wobble, a hitch, in the earth’s rotation. . . . Glaciers get built ..."
Thinking back on Sunday; after all the weight of trouble these women inmates have had on them; one tiny lean in the direction of the hope of God ...of Saviour Jesus Christ; could have been all it took for things to move where nothing could stop the move of God.
I personally believe that every action of love that God transmits through me, and other believers, is never wasted. I can imagine that all the different ministries that have been investing in the women's prison have had a cumulative effect. The "glacier" of God was the accumulation of all that ministry that reached a critical mass. Sunday we were blessed when God moved and nothing could stop Him. Those women came in the room one way and left totally transformed. They danced and sang with joy as they were returning to their cells.