Tuesday, April 19, 2011

God in the disappointments

Sometimes life is disappointing. The world seems to be against you. Sometimes you pray for something everyday, with the best motive in the world, with a view to honour God and to serve others, and yet it doesn't happen. It seems like God is just not there.

It doesn't happen, not because God doesn't love you, nor because He doesn't care, nor because He isn't able to make it happen. It doesn't happen because He does love you, because He does care, because He is able to make something better happen.

That's not to say the disappointment is any less disappointing, but it does provide a new perspective on them. To know that God cares so much for you, that He's willing to say "no".

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified. (Romans 8 v 28-30)
I prayed for a job to stay in the city, so that I could continue to serve at my church, I could continue to be part of my small group, I could continue to share fellowship amongst friends and I could share God's Good News with those I have relationships with in the area. I wanted to serve Him, to stay with the people He so graciously gave me six and a half years ago. I pleaded, because I wanted to serve the people who kept me Christian during some really rocky times. He said "no". He is moving me to a different town. And He is at work, even in the most bitter of disappointments, to bring about something so much more exciting. Something that I don't know about, something I can't imagine, but something that will conform me to the image of His Son, so that I may be one of many brothers. And that's where God is in the disappointments.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

With the fruit of her hand she plants a vineyard...

"From your lofty abode You water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your work. You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth..." Psalm 104 v 13 & 14 (ESV)
Planter, organic top soil and seed compost, and Gardener's Delight tomato plant from Growing Concerns, strawberry from my mummy's back garden. Flowery gardening set a much valued present from an old housemate.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Relaxed Chatty Tea

"This is mainly a fantasy as, in the real world, all the people you would like to get together for tea and cakes and plenty of undisturbed talking one afternoon are all far too busy. You are probably far too busy yourself.
Anyway, in this fantasy, all your favourite friends are gathered together, without a care in the world, all chatting away and eating delicious cakes and drinking tea. You'll have all your best crockery out and there'll be flowers on the table. No one will be on a diet or have a food allergy and no one will have to rush off. If there are any children in the party, they will be sweet and funny and behave beautifully and any babies will sleep peacefully, waking up occasionally to gurgle adorably for a few moments before snoozing off again." From - Tea with Mrs Simkins

Photo credit to Papa