Sounds and vision…

Ezekiel 43:2 –…. ‘and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.

The wonderful words of Ezekiel in which he tries to describe the glory and voice of God. He’s trying to describe the indescribable; I’ve tried to capture something in the photograph above. Clear, living water, moving as a rushing torrent, from one place to the next.

God accompanying us in the twists and turns of our lives.

Land, sea and air….

A ship sailing on the Forth of Clyde. A handy bench seat to sit upon and reflect. The expanse of clouds and movement of the air. I was lost in the moment when I took this photograph.

The words of God in Psalm 46, verse 10… ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth..’ There is a stillness in the moment I took the photograph and the juxtaposition of so many elements.

I sense a moment of waiting and seeking, coming from the heart of God; ‘Be Still…’. I don’t find stillness easy, because of the clamour of conflicting chatter in my heart and mind. In the moment of taking the photograph I wanted to hold the scene in my heart and soul and never let it go.

The moment passed and my life moved on and until I found this photograph my feelings at the moment I took the shot had been forgotten. But here they are and here I am and you are taking part in your own interaction. The focus on this moment is on stillness, not from God, but from each of us.

There is a promise that in our stillness we can begin to know God!!! Is this just too much for us to understand, or will we take the step and believe wholeheartedly in what God says through the Psalmist?

Sit, wait, and listen….!

Morning glory

Sunday evening and time for the blog. I’ve never done a blog on a Sunday before, so here goes….

Looking south from home one morning, I was lost in wonder. Rushed outside and took this shot which had me weeping with joy….truly!!! There is a wonderful descrition of God as being ‘ineffable….. Great word, not used much these days. It means being ‘beyond’ into a different reality, but connected, not above, beyond.

Mindblowing…truly!. The imprint of the Creator…enough!!!

Glory….!!

I look at this sky and the clouds travelling.

I look at my life and the twists and turns each day.

I have no answers only questions. Too many to hold at once. I open my heart and let them go, into the love of God. Surrounding and guiding and whispering, peace and love and the healing of fear.

I have questions, and not many answers. The openess of my heart allows the healing to flow, in God’s own time, which is the whole of eternity accompanying my steps.

Forever……

The road goes ever on and on….

The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The words of young Bilbo Baggins as he sets off, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Such a seemingly simple moment, perfectly captured!

It speaks so powerfully of the journey which we all embark upon in our own lives, both daily and more long term.

I have been blessed in my own journey with the guidance of the love of God. Not just in the good times, but in the challenging times when the road has been difficult to find and I have wandered away from the guiding of the love of God.

I have always sensed the accompanying of the Holy Spirit, who is the suprising element in each of our lives. Just when it seems like the road is blocked or hard to find, we can be suprised with the love of God…often the ‘still small voice of calm’.

Be prepared to be suprised!!!!

Waiting…

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever…. (Isaiah 40 verse 8).

Endings and beginnings, waiting and hoping. Where do our hearts rest during our days and moments….?

God’s word; spoken, held, listened to… How do we hear, see and sense? New life and moments of insight and blessing. We cannot hold on and grasp,,,,we can only wait and open our hearts and lift our eyes to different horizons, even decaying leaves! They hold the promise of nutrients for new life.

Let the Spirit of God fill your heart and open your eyes!

Fly like an Eagle…or other birds…!

..but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not
be faint…..Isaiah 40 verse 31

What a powerful Image is conjoured up by these words from Isaiah in the Old Testament.

Migratory birdsirds are still here and don’t seem to be moving away! Changes indeed!

Where is your hope today? God calls you and I to take a step. We are not carried, but are guided and can even be assured of flight in the arms of God!!!! The flight of our Spirits, absolutely unique to us, just like our fingerprints!

May the New Year bring you new horizons and the blossoming of your spirit…

Peace be with you.

The Cross

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

The Words of Isaac Watts and the Hymn, ‘When I survey the wondrous cross…’

Love and sorrow and the depth of God’s reaching into our lives and moments.

Enough said.

Bless you,

Barrie

The long and winding road….

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com

An invitation to make a step and see where it leads!

Easy to stay where you are. I write this whilst the wind blows outside and the clouds roll in from the North Sea. I’m warm and have no desire to move!

There are many things happening for each of us and reaching out and walking on the long and winding Road seems like a step too far from what I regard as security.

My experience is that unless I make the step then I’m stuck!

Underneath it all, woven into the fabric of life, are God’s everlasting arms.