Prayfully Seeking Wolves

In our global society it seems fairly clear that there is an imbalance…


Recently I came across the story of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park .  Simply put there was a problem with elk over grazing so, as part of the solution, wolves were reintroduced to address the imbalance that had grown in their 70 years absence.  What captured my attention were the unexpected effects of this decision which appear to have been considerable.

With the elk overgrazing halted, willow saplings were able to grow and this enabled the return of beavers.  It is the beavers – in their natural harvesting of willow, building of dams and creation of marshland –  who have themselves altered and restored the landscape.  It’s a cascade effect which has been debated for many years, among environmentalists and ecologists, some agreeing that it is apex predators who have made the difference to an eco-system while others look for broader activity.

It got me thinking, though.  In our global society it seems fairly clear that there is an imbalance.  Food is thrown away in unbelievable quantities while people, just a few hours travel away, starve.  The wealthiest parts of a population can’t spend their money fast enough to put a dent in their fortunes, while those at the other end of the scale have nothing – literally nothing left.  The shouted opinions of uninformed celebrities hold sway while the reasonable murmurings of the wise are scorned.  And that’s only scratching the surface of inequality, injustice and destruction.

I feel society’s been waiting a long time for some kind of change.  Perhaps it’s time to prayerfully seek some wolves.  Or perhaps what we really need are beavers…

Seeking Dissatifaction

This is my challenge to myself: It’s time to stop being satisfied with mediocre.

I’ve been wrestling the last few weeks with a desire for more of God.  That may sound like a strange thing to wrestle with – surely it’s good to desire Him?  What I’m really wrestling with is the question: am I seeking His Face or His Arm?  (I spend far too much time questioning my motives.)

I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to know Him more because of how wonderful I already know Him to be.  And knowing what I know of Him I am not content with just what I’ve seen and heard of the work of His mighty arm.  I am seeking His Face and His Arm – to be honest I’m not sure there’s a difference.

So far I’ve only glimpsed a tiny fraction of who He really is and I’ve only seen a tiny fraction of His power at work in this world.  I am not satisfied.  I am not content.  I will not settle for less – I want more.  I want to know Him more and I want to see His power unleashed to change the world.  It’s only my Lord and Father who can save those wallowing in darkness.  And to Him the greatest global crisis of this age is not perplexing in the least.  Because He IS I will seek His face and because of this broken world I will seek His mighty arm.

This God we’re talking about is the Creator of the Universe….

Pause and calmly think of that (as it says in the Psalms)

This is my challenge to myself: It’s time to stop being satisfied with mediocre.