Monday, 29 November 2010

It's snowing! Enable the ploughs?

The snow arrives, it starts with a few flakes, then a small shower and without us realising it, a full blown blizzard. We are stranded, stuck in our cars and prevented from going any further.

I reckon in the top 10 of important jobs at the moment are drivers of snow ploughs, they have got to be up there! Even the flashing amber lights are a relief (strange how in the summer they tend to mean being stuck in endless traffic jams and being annoyed :o) ). These people do a really important job, apart from clearing the road for us to continue on our journey, they are enablers. Without them we just couldn't move. Imagine if these ploughers cleared the snow and then drove our car to where we were going. Apart from changing job title to chauffeur, they have taken control of the journey and suddenly we only experience the drive as a passenger. What if, they decided to take us somewhere they wanted to go, but we didn't? Where would that leave us?

This evening I've been thinking about all the encounters people had with Jesus, like the many healings which literally changed lives. In Mark 10:52, "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you.". Bartimaeus received his sight and followed Jesus down the road. At no point did Jesus say "you must now follow me, let me grab your arm and I will drag you there screaming."

Absolutely not, it was Bartimaeus that followed Jesus, in wonder and praise at the possibilities of being able to experience the world differently, he was healed! Jesus enabled people to do something next, an action which would hopefully be followed by another and another. At no point after an encounter with Him where people to remain the same and yet neither could they expect Jesus to physically grab them by the hand and drag them along. Jesus enabled His encounters to start their journey.

A thought,  are you an enabler or do you grab people by the hand? It's a fine line.



Thursday, 11 November 2010

Just a quick post to say thank you

Hi

Thank you to everyone who has been reading these posts from someone who has started the walk of Faith with Jesus. I really didn't know what that road would look like and really don't know what the the next stretch will bring. My pray is for anyone on this journey, that every single moment is embraced; a new courage to open our hearts to know what it means to be free through our Lord Jesus Christ is discovered.


2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


take care :o)

Friday, 5 November 2010

More than a great read

Whilst listening to a Christian internet radio station (www.thisispower.co.uk). A preacher came on to talk about The Bible and applying this to life. This was very relevant to something that had been on my mind all week. 

At any of the Bible study and discipleship groups I have attended, not once have I walked away thinking, "What a boring read that was, I'll  pop it on the top shelf and read it another time", knowing that it will gather dust like all those other ones. The Bible has completely challenged and changed people, unfortunately sometimes I have dismissed these messages because they have been so close to the truth in my life.

So, I am listening to the internet, when the preacher talks about The Words being guidance for life. A safe and secure place, a wall of protection that sets clear boundaries in our life that by following means we are living to the potential that Jesus sees for each one of us. Don't confuse a safe and secure place with walls like a prison because there is an open gate where we are free to leave at anytime. Proverbs 30:5 (NIV), "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."

I was given some advice when reading this great book and I would like to share this with anyone who is in the same position. Ask yourself three important questions when reading scripture;

1. What did the writer mean?

2. What does this mean to you?

3. What could God be saying to you?

The Living Word will still challenge you as that is intended, but this advice may give you a way to focus your thoughts.



Monday, 1 November 2010

Seeing is believing?

Can't possibly imagine what it would be like to lose my sight and not being able to see the world or experience it's visual beauty. Unfortunately and I include myself in this one, we take our sight for granted by assuming that it's going to be there for the rest of our life. I have also experienced not being able to see, even though I have sight. Sometimes the very thing that we treasure the most, we don't even recognise.

A story comes to mind about a guy on an underground train. Some children are running a muck in the carriage. He tries to ignore them, but notices that other passengers are becoming bothered by the noise. Finally he plucks up enough courage to talk to the children's father, "Can you do something about your children they are causing a nuisance and annoying the other passengers." The father replies, "I know, but what can I do? I have just come from the hospital where their Mum has died." And then there was sight. Some events do this, particularly the ones that challenge how we see the world.

Imagine a beggar without sight, sat on the side of a road. Some people are throwing money, others are ignoring him and even passers-by are scoffing and shouting insults. Pretty much everything he owns, the beggar carries. In their heart they know an event will happen, that if only it does and their chance comes along they will grab it with both arms, with absolute faith. 

In Mark 10:46-52, there is a beggar in very similar circumstances. He calls out to Jesus who is leaving the city and asks for His mercy, but the crowd attempt to keep the beggar quiet. This just encourages him even more and then Jesus calls for the man. He is asked by Jesus in verse 51, "What do you want me to do for you?" He knew what to ask and was given his sight. Imagine just being able to see the world and the first person you look at is Jesus!