Saturday, June 25, 2011
But hey, life needs its seasons too. Get over it when clouds form. Is this why the writer of the New Testament letter said 'in all circumstances, rejoice.'? Maybe. I have certainly known some dry and thirsty times when going nil-by-mouth for over 7 weeks last year for instance, and I want to thank God for the rain! Where we live our reservoirs are full, but they would not be for long if we always had the sunshine we crave.
And by the way - talking about the changing seasons of life - it is now 4 months since the neurostimulator was switched on in me and I have not had to go back into hospital once in that period (compared to 10 times last year). Praise God my pain is well under control, and it seems that the pancreatitis has just subsided too. So I really do welcome this new season whatever the weather!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
So I sat down on a bar stool and began reading from the Bible book of Job (pronounced Joeb). As I did I felt a distinct sense of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit all over me. I still do, because I did something really narcissistic a few minutes ago - I listened to myself speaking on the internet. Weird eh? And I'm still crying. I don't want to be the one who has to share this kind of message - that God allows us to go through dreadful stuff sometimes but remains sovereign - in charge. I don't find it easy, but I do think it is the one thing that many of us need to hear and to know. The devil may be banging us about but God isn't resigning. He's in it for the long haul and I'm grateful. He's really there when there's pain in the offering!
If you want to, you can listen too. http://www.rock.gg/Media/AllMedia.aspx