Listen, see. reflect…touch the stone wall and altar; stand on the clay tiles, let the light reach into your heart and soul. God is present in every moment. We have to relearn this truth every day and every moment,
Never beyond the love of God, guided by the spirit within. Let your troubles be given and forgiven without fear.
Not quite Hadrian’s Wall, just the sea wall at the bottom of our garden. It was a particularly stormy day and we could feel the visceral breaking of the waves.
Our lives can be full of our own walls which we have built during our lives. Jesus was a barrier braker. ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’, is how he once described himself. An invitation, in the midst of the storms of life, to take a different route, trust in a different way, look beyond the barriers that hem us in.
The route you take and have taken, is yours alone. Just like the constant moving and changing of the sea, from calm to storm to calm, and everything in between!
Jesus invites us, in the midst of the storm, to follow his steps, sometimes not in the easiest of places. As you journey during this week take a stop to look and see and sense and give thanks.
Late spring last year. New growth and a field which had been cut but not ploughed. All statements of the absolutely obvious! But it got me thinking.
Those familiar words of Jesus…‘I am the way, the truth and the life…‘ Try to unpack that statement! Too much to compute and try to find an explanation. I’ve used these words before in a blog, because they are puzzling and challenging and never ending in their ‘giving’.
Where do I fit in this picture? Jesus’ self giving resonates in my head and creates many questions, which is good!
Whichever route we take, be reassured by the words of Jesus. If you find yourself wandering, go with the flow.
Looking outwards, looking inwards, just looking. A moment in time to ‘be’, and not ‘to do’. How do we use that time? Fill it with distractions? Music, words, work, needs or wants?
It is so easy to immerse ourselves in what distracts us, diverts us from the moment, Even when trying to pray or focus, we cannot rid ourselves of the voices within our head which are often louder and more immediate in their attention.
Answering or dealing with the immediate, diverts our real needs or wants. Sometimes I have to swallow my pride and ask God to intervene, to give a new thought or direction to the noise in my head.
The photograph, taken from inside a ruined castle has all the elements of my thought life; shade and darkness; light and hope; new horizons and promises.
That word ‘being’ helps us to be honest with ourselves. Not a ‘running away’, but a ‘running into’. Stopping and looking and embracing what is given to us in each moment, however it may challenge us.
In these days through which we pass, may our being balance our doing!