How lovely to have you here for a time of quiet reflection…have you got your beverage & tasty treat…you do, let us begin….
The main ingredients for my tea blend today are rather unusual; Hibiscus, Apple pieces & Cranberries. I was introduced to this tea last month, a small pack was included in a birthday gift, our twin 3 year old grandsons proudly marched up to me with big smiles on their faces, jointly holding the gift bag for Nanny! Very cute!
As I brew this interesting tea blend in the beautiful cup & saucer of pink, white & gold, also a part of that gift, I am reminded of two things, seasonal & generational change.
My tasty treat is a home baked savory cheese & herb muffin with a blob of butter, slowly melting upon its oven warmth, placed on a scalloped, gold edged plate. This tea is a sweet mellow blend, a very enjoyable combination, I can detect the individual ingredients as I sip. It is a perfect accompaniment to my savory muffin…
The signal of change
Reflecting upon seasons & generations which both signal change…don’t they… We are experiencing seasonal changes that comes with our Australian Autumn at the moment, the cooler weather has begun to leave the sweltering hot days behind. It’s most welcome, with cooler nights comes a cosy & more restful sleep!
As the generations change, there are some precious things that thankfully don’t… we are left great pearls of wisdom & encouragement by those who have already done the hard yards of life.
I was reading one such ancient transcript this morning…It was wisely informing us to take courage & not to be afraid of the things in life that seem overwhelming, because there is always one who is near to help. Let me set the scene for you for this ancient pearl…
Those following Immanuel had gone on ahead to cross the large body of water, they were approximately halfway to their destination when a huge storm suddenly surrounded them, they struggled against the overwhelming power of the storm, wind & waves that fiercely tossed the boat to breaking point….
In the mean time Immanuel, having had an exhausting day, teaching & miraculously feeding five thousand people a delicious picnic, from one child’s lunch, had stayed behind to assure all the crowd left safely.
As He waved them goodbye, He took time to commune with His Father, before it was time He was on His way. He left the shore…
Walking towards those in the boat, who were now exhausted in their own battle against the power of a storm, raging around them.
Those in the boat saw a figure coming towards them, walking upon the water, they were overwhelmed with terror, as they thought it was a specter… when Immanuel called out to them, they recognized Him.
Calming the heart storm
He calmed both storms, the storm upon the water & the storm of terror in their hearts as He entered their boat (You can read this account in Mark 6:42-52).
As you may have gleaned by now, this ancient wisdom is very real & relevant for us today. There are seasons in our lives that seem overwhelming… struggles against storms that toss us into places of terror.
These storms can come in the guise of financial struggles, chronic health issues, mental health challenges, difficulties in relationships, the loss of a loved one or something very significant in our life, maybe the consequences of unwise choices or behaviors.
We see Immanuel walking towards us, which may add to our battle anxiety, as we perceive that He is something different to who He actually is!
He is calling out to us dear friend not to add to our anxiety but because He cares. He has come to calm the storm in our hearts, minds & spirits. Our part is to allow Him to do so… you see He will never force His way into our lives, He is the ultimate & perfect gentleman…
We need to allow Him into our boat (life) just as the ancients did. What ever condition or circumstance, whether we have known Him for a long period or don’t know Him yet, He is the calm for the storm we are battling…
Until next time…dear friend…
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