I stand beside the river in the blazing cold morning sunshine, with a dead phone in my hand and an unasked for deep rich silence encircling me…. inviting me…. drawing me deeper.
“Come Away with Me ….”
Only 30 seconds earlier I had been on a walk AND on a group zoom call (via headphones and my phone). The zoom call consisted of a group of peers I love and esteem, and I was fully committed to our meeting as we continued to learn and pray together…
…. until my phone battery went dead. Suddenly. Without notice or warning. The abrupt zoom-exit leaving me feeling bereft and a little guilty.
I had a favourite prayer, a long time ago, which included the line:
“Let me not run from the love you are offering me”.
Because, you see, I want God’s blessings, I want to experience God’s goodness. I do, truly, desire intimacy with our amazing God. And yet I can find myself running from Him, running from the very activities and conversations and places that will lead to the encounter I desire. Sometimes I do not allow myself to receive the blessings that God is lavishing upon me. It is almost like I have a closed fist that is incapable of accepting a gift.
Has God ever delivered help or affirmation to you?
I’ve been contemplating on the ways God delivers help and sustenance and inspiration. Over the years I have collected some great experiences of people-met, gifts-received, books-recommended and conversations-enjoyed.
Some of these experiences have fulfilled-a-need, others have changed-my-thinking and all have increased my strength and faith.
And recently, some great seven-year olds helped me explore: