The last few weeks have been a time of learning. I was filling out an application form for a job that I was over qualified for, but the firm I applied to, liked the fact that I was prepared to learn new things and that I had said that one never stops learning. The moment you stop being flexible and refuse to keep moving with new technology and knowledge , you begin to grow old.
Unfortunately I didn’t get the job because they realised that it had been advertised for the wrong area, and was really some miles away.
Not all that I have learnt has been positive. I have ascertained that you do not believe the ” gumph” written on Estate Agents sites, nor are the photographs recent and in some cases were taken when “Granny” lived there. Also, I determined that just because someone puts their house on the market , this does not mean that they are necessarily intending to move.
Don’t trust Government sites either, they have difficulty ascertaining the length of a week. I was amazed , however, how fast they can move if you contact your M.P, or SMP in my case. I am now incredibly impressed by the Dunoon office of the SNP.
Most of all I have confirmed that God is interested in the slightest details of our lives but his timing is still infuriating but deadly accurate.
I viewed a flat today that I had dismissed earlier because the exterior was hideous. Inside it was spacious and homely and I loved it AND I can see the sea! It has been passed to the “Powers” and I await the outcome.
I attended my last Messy Church with the present congregation, feeling some sadness as it may not be able to continue, but I learned something else:
Pete Brisco wrote in my reading today; ” I’ve been in ministry for a number of years. I’ve seen people work themselves to the bone. They pour themselves out past empty and them turn themselves inside out. They do it all for Jesus. They do it all for love. Their intentions are pure-hearted but their methodology is unbiblical.”
“… you’re going to have to let Jesus be Jesus – and that requires a great deal of surrender and dependence.
Mark 4:26-28 reads, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows although he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain…”
The Kingdom of God is like this:
God grows it.
God produces it.
God knows how it works.
The Kingdom of God is like this: You don’t have to kill yourself to make sure it lasts. You are able to abide in the Lord and scatter where He tells you to scatter, plant where He tells you to plant, and – this is amazing – rest at regular intervals in between.
If the indwelling is the Spirit resting in you, then dependence is you resting in Him.
It’s that simple and yet that hard.
A little countercultural prescription for the day: Dependency means we wait for God to do His thing without doing it for Him. And in the waiting, we can just enjoy His company. (Big sigh).
IT’S TIME TO LET GO……..