Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Reflection


A friend and I have taken up running - well - ok, brisk walking with some bouts of gentle jogging. This is our route. No-one but the sheep and God to see us. Its good to have company - someone to encourage me - to say "we can do this". It is hard, some days to be motivated, especially when the weather is wild. As we start off, we wonder how we are going to get through our program - the end seems such a long way away. But we step out, and soon we are well into our stride, and surprised at how quickly the time has gone. I am really enjoying it, and I come home feeling lighter and full of energy.
I feel the same about these Sunday Reflection posts - your supportive wisdom and prayers, fill me with encouragement, thank you all. 
Today at church, we were blessed with the preaching of a young man of 21. (I can hear your sighs of relief.) He has visited us before, and we have always been struck at the maturity and wisdom of his words. The Holy Spirit is truly with him. Today, he led us through the parting of the Red Sea, and all the fear and trauma involved in that story. The Lord will fight for you; You only need to be still.(Ex 14:14). The Israelites were terrified, trapped - hemmed in on all sides, no idea where to go next. Suddenly their past lives as Egyptian slaves seemed preferable to them - they forgot all the miracles that had happened previously, in their fear of the moment.  But they only had to look up - to the pillar of cloud and fire, and God would lead them to the land that was promised - and He did. So, often in the storms of life - we focus on our own human problems and we forget to look up. Yet, if we remember to do this - to look up, and watch and wait - God will take control and deliver us. Its not at all easy - we remember how simple life was in Egypt - and even walking through the path that God has opened for us requires a huge act of faith. But He has given us the hand of Jesus to cling on to, and He is only a prayer away.
Writing this tonight  was a bit like my running sessions. I sat in front of a blank screen, wondering how I was going to even start. What could I write that would be in the least meaningful - how can I keep this series going, week after week? So I decided to look at my Bible app for inspiration. Today's verse is from James 1: 5 If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault, and it will be given to you. At first reading, it appears to be exactly what I needed  - of course - I needed to ask God for inspiration! After all, this is meant to be about Him and His glory. If I don't ask God what he wants to write about, and truly listen, then what is the point?  Indeed - I only needed to look up, and he led me through to the end. 
Wishing you all God's blessings on the week ahead xx

11 comments:

  1. It is all according to his plan and with his guidance it all comes together. All is Grace isn't it?
    Great post.

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  2. This is something I need to be reminded of constantly-thank you for an inspiring post!

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  3. Hooray! And thank you God for answering prayer and providing words of encouragement from the pulpit!

    Yes, when in doubt look up, grab the hand of Jesus, keep your eyes fixed on Him and he will lead safely through the storm.

    That bible quote from James is one of my favourites!

    Have a blessed week

    San xx

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  4. That is so very helpful to me, too, Jacqui. Thank you. "You need only to be still" reminds me of the words of Paul's words to the Ephesians: "Having done all, stand." I was checking your blog to see when you would post about this past Sunday's sermon - so very interesting! I also know what you mean about some young folks seeming impossibly wise for their age. (Just as some older folks seem impossibly foolish?!)

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  5. I have heard the words "be still" a number of times in the past week. Hard to do but there is so much wisdom in it. That is when I find peace, when I rest and stop striving. I have been trying to decide about many things recently, should I go this way or that and feel like I am caught in a whirlwind but when I stop trying to do things in my own strength and slow right down, then the answers come. Grace is also a word I've heard recently. What a wondrous and generous word.

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  6. Wonderful encouraging words , thank you. The last few weeks have led me to similar words, I think the Lord is definitely trying to get my attention :)

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  7. Absolutely beautiful. You are absolutely beautiful. HE is absolutely everything. Thank you.. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

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  8. I love your photo!! You are truly inspiring!! Have a blessed day!! xo

    ~ Wendy

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  9. Thanks everyone. I am sorry i didnt get a chance to reply individually, but I am so glad you are taking part. Praise to The Lord xxx

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  10. Just remember that God will be bringing you whom you need in the fullness of time as well. Hopefully he won't decide you need the hellfire and brimstone dudes, but more like this one. BTW, Be Still and Know that I am God was one of my mum's favourite hymns.

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