We’re in the Auckland Sky Tower. Some 300 metres above ground on the viewing platform (internal!). Here as you walk around the platform you can walk on a glass floor. The ground far below visible at each step.
Everyone hesitates. Stepping off the concrete floor to the glass. Will it be ok? It feels a risk. There’s even a sign “This glass floor is 38mm thick. It is as strong as the concrete floors you are studying on.”
Faith is like this glass floor. The glass feels more fragile than the grey concrete. In life, it seems wise, right to stand on facts, on logic, on reality. It’s all so tangible, so real. Yet God calls us to a life of faith, one which supercedes reality. His truth trumps facts. Faith takes us to new levels.
What we are facing is real, it is tangible. BUT God, is over all. Stepping off the concrete to the glass floor is our invitation to God to move in our lives. Refusing to let our circumstances dictate our lives.
Faith turned the waves into a path for Peter. Faith brought healing to a woman and food to thousands. Faith is powerful.
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
There’s something to be said for celebrating! Who doesn’t like a party?! The last week we have been celebrating our little chap winning a baby competition. As a nation we have celebrated winning the America’s Cup! Big celebration that!
These events have been notable, extraordinary and worth the special celebrations. But don’t forget the little celebrations, the little achievements and milestones. (They don’t always mean it’s time for cake!) But in our daily lives it’s good to celebrate the good! To take a step back and enjoy the good things that are going on.
Taking a look at the Bible there are festivals, times for rejoicing, times for the fattened calf! It does something to our soul when we are able to rejoice. In those hard times, the everything seems to be going wrong times, the dark times – search for that glimmer of good, of lovely and celebrate.
My little chap celebrates everyday. When he climbs up or down the stairs, it is time to clap! When the garage door goes up, it means we’re going out and he squeals with excitement.
The laundry pile may be huge, there’s challenges in everyday, but there’s always something to celebrate.
I don’t know what it was about this morning. There was a lightness about it. I stopped enroute to work to take a photo of the gorgeous sunrise and to grab a coffee. Walking back to my car, my spirit felt light and the words “it’s going to be ok” just dropped into my spirit.
It’s hard sometimes to not let worry or fear dominate your thoughts of the future. It’s also hard sometimes to not let hopelessness to seep into your soul. It’s easy to think you’re not doing enough…being enough. That it’s too hard. So easily the shadows can come across our day.
But no matter the future, God is there. God is for us, He is good and He has a good plan for us, filled with His hope.
“But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength” (2 Timothy 4:17)
“With every hope for my future and every desire of my heart I trust you Lord.”
I recently watched a documentary titled “What’s Next”. The show gathered futurists together to discuss, well the future! They looked at the political and economic impact on society. On technology, on weather. All to predict what life is going to be like and what we need to do to prepare.
Interesting. Somewhat scary! In a plant that vegetable garden now kind of way! But while we do need to be wise, to prepare and plan for the future, we also need to keep our trust in God.
And sometimes we can be too focused on the future – our future hopes and dreams, fears of what tomorrow holds – that we forget to enjoy today and give thanks to God for the present.
‘But if the future is not in my hands, then I have all the more reason to stay in the present and give honour and glory to God from where I am, trusting that God is the God of life who makes everything new.” (Henri Nouwen)
There’s something gracious about the way trees shed their leaves in Autumn. It’s like they celebrate the change of season, the loss of their coat with a myriad of burnt oranges, coppers and reds. Slowly and gently the leaves fall to the ground as the tree embraces winter.
If only we could be like the trees. Graciously and readily letting go of old seasons to prepare for the next. That things we need to let go of would easily fall from our lives as the leaves. That there is beauty in the letting go, beauty in dying to self.
Dying to self is freedom from the self-focused life. No longer obsessing with self or living as if the world revolves around us. Dying to self is part of being born again, the old self dies and the new self comes to life.
After Autumn comes the winter, but then comes the spring and the beauty of new life.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image, with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
I lit a candle in a downtown Cathedral. I whispered my prayer as the candle flickered into light and added it to other candles representing prayers made that day. Prayers for hope, for dreams, for healing. A candle lit, a symbol of the prayer offered.
In the same Cathedral was a plaque with a prayer inscribed on it.
“Through your Holy Spirit Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for you this day by the words I speak, the prayer I breathe, or by the life I live. Amen.”
Mary Sumner, founder of the Worldwide Mothers Union.
May our breath indeed be a prayer. May our lives be light as we reveal Christ to those around us.
“For such a time as this…”
A Queen steps uninvited into the King’s presence.
At risk of death.
Her moment to step up, to be brave and to save her people.
Not your usual day. Extraordinary , powerful. And far away from our daily realities.
But “for such a time as this“, is still whispered to us each day. An opportunity to share the light of God in whatever way possible. Moments, situations, when you realise it is less about what is going on for you and more about God ordaining a situation, a circumstance, a conversation where you can share His love, His life.
All around us are people needing encouragement, love, hope and the knowledge that there is God who sees, who loves.
Listen to the whisper from Heaven, the nudge to put your agenda aside and to partner with God, for such a time as this.