Old Faithful

Old Faithful erupts approximately every 88 minutes.  It is named that because you can count on it to go off.
Old Faithful erupts approximately every 88 minutes. It is named that because you can count on it to go off.
Judge, then, what must have been our astonishment, as we entered the basin at mid-afternoon of our second day’s travel, to see in the clear sunlight, at no great distance, an immense volume of clear, sparkling water projected into the air to the height of one hundred and twenty-five feet. “Geysers! geysers!” exclaimed one of our company, and, spurring our jaded horses, we soon gathered around this wonderful phenomenon. It was indeed a perfect geyser. The aperture through which the jet was projected was an irregular oval, three feet by seven in diameter. The margin of sinter was curiously piled up, and the exterior crust was filled with little hollows full of water, in which were small globules of sediment, some having gathered around bits of wood and other nuclei. This geyser is elevated thirty feet above the level of the surrounding plain, and the crater rises five or six feet above the mound. It spouted at regular intervals nine times during our stay, the columns of boiling water being thrown from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five feet at each discharge, which lasted from fifteen to twenty minutes. We gave it the name of “Old Faithful.” – Nathaniel P. Langford’s account of seeing the geyser on the afternoon of September 18, 1870, as a member of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition

Our family had an amazing opportunity to see the Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park. We got there 10 minutes before it erupted, and the picture was taken as the geyser was winding down. This geyser is named “old faithful” because it is the most predictable one in the world. There is comfort in knowing that when you travel hundreds, or thousands of miles to Yellowstone, that you can see at least one geyser erupt.

So it is with Jesus Christ. He is always faithful. His faithfulness may not be in a way we would like it or understand it, but He is faithful to keep His promises. This has been the case in my life, and it has been the case for countless number of people who have put their trust in Him. Again, I would stress that His faithfulness is not always the way we think of “faithfulness.” It is not necessarily in answering our petty requests (like “help me pass my test,” “help me to get this car,” etc.), but in His promise to redeem us from our mistakes (sins).

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:5 – 2:1

The invitation is there from Jesus, “Come.” Whether you are already a follower of Jesus, or if you are searching for the truth, would you go to Him? His is indeed the “Old Faithful.”


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