Digging Ditches - Day 4

Today was another big day as I work towards meeting my goals in contacting people by email, following up on the phone, and setting up face to face meetings as I work towards raising additional support for SONlight.

I have had some good phone calls so far, and have a few meeting set up for next week, and I had a very interesting lunch meeting today that might result in some interesting developments later on down the road. Stay tuned for some for those possible developments in the future.

Tomorrow I will be at BridgePoint Bible Church again for a men’s brunch, and I am hoping and praying that I will have the opportunity to make good contact with some men and talk about SONlight. And possibly get a few names and contacts to contact as I fund raise.

2 Kings 3
In part of my study today I read through a really interesting passage today that spoke to me in my quest through this fund raising period.

First, a brief explanation of the events leading up to this passage. Jehoram, the son of Ahab and Jezebel, had become king, and the king of Moab decided that since Ahab had died, he didn’t really feel continuing his tribute payments. So he stopped. And Jehoram was not really pleased with this rebellion so he went to the king of Judah, Jehoshphat, and convinced him to go fight against Moab.

Jehoshaphat agreed, and so they went to attack Moab, but as Jehoshaphat was experienced in war, they opted to attack Moab in a surprising way by coming through the desert of Edom. So these two kings, and their armies, march through Edom towards Moab. The King of Edom joins their party and verse 9 tells us that “They wandered around on the road for seven days and finally ran out of water for the men and animals they had with them.”

So in their thirst and despair, Jehoshaphat decides to consult a prophet of God about their plight. So they learn that Elisha the prophet is nearby, so they go down to meet him.

Prepare for a Flood in the Desert
Elisha’s direction to them is straight forward and direct. He tells the kings and their armies to dig ditches in the valley. They are to fill the valley with ditches or trenches for water, for the Lord is going to provide water, but it will not be through wind or rain.

So these armies do this. In their thirst and exhaustion they set about digging ditches. There is no immediate result, and they are just in the desert in the heat and full of thirst, and just digging away.

But the next morning they wake up and find that water is flowing down from Edom, and it filled the land. Now this could very likely have been what many people would call a flash flood. Water rained down somewhere else and flowed through the valley.

However, regardless of where the water came from, the fact remains that if ditches had not been dug, the water would not have stayed behind. And if you really stop and think about it you can see that the amount of water that was left behind would have been in direct proportion to the size of the ditch, and thus to the amount of tiring and hot and sweaty work spent in digging.

So for me, I saw that I have a hard task ahead of me. It is not an easy task for me to network with people, but I have to put in a lot of the hard laborious work to prepare for the coming blessings of the Lord. And while I don’t know where the blessing will come from, I do know that my obedience is necessary, for the Lord’s blessing to come.

I have to keep working at digging ditches.

Day 4
Pray that I will be able to make good contacts this weekend, and that I can get a full schedule of meetings next week.

Continue to pray for my strength and diligence, and that I might be encouraged everyday as I pursue the Lord.

Pray that the Lord would prepare and soften people’s hearts for the financial support of SONlight.