Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
It is just over a year since this blog came into existence and so I think it is time to see where we are, what we have achieved over that time, but also where we are going.
When Steve suggested that I start publishing my own blog my first reaction was a terrified NO! What me? What do I have to say that anyone would want to read? I am not qualified to do anything like that! Then Melanie reminded me that God does not call the qualified – Jesus took on simple fishermen, tax collectors and the like as His disciples – He qualifies the called. Now, I do not claim to be an apostle as those men became but I do know that the words of my blog are God’s words, not mine. Just as He used the simple fishermen to get His message out to the people of the time so God is using me to get His message across on this World Wide Web thing. I have been called to serve God!!!
He has taken the ordinary everyday events in my life, the joys and the sorrows, and He has used the plants and animals in my little suburban back garden to remind us that God is in everything. As the Psalmist says:
"You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy." - Psalm 65: 9-13 (NRSV)
Even so I have often found that having prayed during the week for a subject for the following week’s blog there are still many Monday mornings I have sat staring at a blank white computer screen wondering what God wants me to say. Yet every time God has given me a message that He wants you to hear.
And perhaps that has been the message throughout this year that God is with us in all the mundane everyday affairs of our lives just as He is in the big glorious events.
So what does the future hold in store? Where is God leading us? Well, what is clear is that there is a great deal of evil in the world today – fear, anger, intolerance a lack of concern for our fellow man. That is surely something that God wants us to counter. A couple of weeks ago I asked on whose side you fight. Now is the time to make up your minds shout “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus” as the old hymn says. The going may be tough but God is with us now and will be to the end. Thanks be to God
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years