Saturday, August 20, 2011
Being quiet and still are vital ingredients in catching the whisper of God. I have found it challenging to hear from the Lord during my long battle with pain as agony shouts louder than any competitor. It has sometimes been a real act of discipline to sit and be still in the presence of God when my body has been wracked with pain and my mind clouded by opiates. Now in the aftermath of such wonderful improvement as I have known this year I felt like I had met with an old friend after a long period of being in touch only from a distance.
The most moving part of my dialogue with heaven this week was the flow of repeated assurances in both Bible readings and the whispers in my heart that God's love for me has not diminished. He also seemed to be saying that this is a new season - 'after the storm' - and that the day of fulfillment of so many promises is upon us. If that is so, then thank God for that! All I know is that God seems to come close to us when we can make the space and the time to be still, focused and alone. Try it some time!
Friday, August 05, 2011
By the way - the dog was being very naughty - and the owner was negligent as there were warning signs nearby. The bird was no ordinary one either - it was a young Oyster Catcher. So, the plot thickens. The headline didn't quite say it all - but it still brings a smile to my lips when I remember that there are places where even the murder of human beings hardly makes news.
And then I thought about a headline from two millennia ago. 'Sale Price of Sparrows Hits an All Time Low - Two Sold for a Penny'. Nothing unusual there you might say. But it's the next bit that grabbed my attention. 'Yet not one of them falls to the ground without God knowing it - and allowing it' (my paraphrase of Matthew 10:29). So maybe the headline writer at BBC Guernsey was right. It is news that a small bird was killed on the beach near here, at least to Almighty God!
When I think about that I take heart. For the very same passage in the Gospel goes on to say that even the very hairs on my head are numbered - and that in God's eyes I am of more value than many sparrows. And so are you. And yes - I will keep my dog on a leash when there are birds about - you never know Who is watching!