So, what wisdom are you harvesting from pandemic, what are you learning about: God, yourself, others, the world around, God’s Will for your life, etc? These are questions I continue to travel with as we enter a ‘brave new world’.
Back from a week in the Highlands, here’s one thing I’m learning.
This last year, cycling alone (with God) in the beauty of the Scottish countryside has fed my soul, energised my body, and inspired me to share insights and experiences in daily #60secondsermons. I enjoy being with other people, but I’ve been surprised by how much I also enjoy my own company and disturbed by how easy it is to withdraw from relationships and suit myself without any thought for others. I really get the draw to nature and decision by some to solely worship God in open-air activities. People can be so disappointing after gardening, standing atop a mountain, meandering along a riverside, or cycling through countryside. Yes, we were made for a positive relationship with creation and planet earth, but not at the expense of complimentary relationships with other humans.
Recently I cycled from Achnasheen to Applecross via the famous ‘Bealach na Ba’ (cattle pass) road. It lived up to its reputation & more. Astonishing scenery, wildlife and views; the ‘Bealach’ incline rises from 0 to 2,035 feet and is incessant, but oh the buzz amidst beauty. Some cars roared past, one driver even wound down his window to wish me luck, a pleasant change from the abuse I sometimes get. When you’ve put in the training and can choose a good day, then such a challenge is all about grace, grit & gratitude. There may be Alpine cycles to transcend ‘Bealach na Ba’ but I think it must be the UK’s best ascent, and oh what a free-wheel wheich down the other side!!!
But here I am back at my desk on Monday morning, ‘back tae auld claes and purritch’ bracing myself for re-entry and fresh challenges. Christ calls me afresh into ‘relationship’ with himself, people, and planet. Yes, life still boils down to relationships: learning to love God with my all, neighbour as myself and brother & sister in Christ as God loves us. “Dear Lord Jesus, draw (drag if necessary) me out of selfishness to see who you want me to get alongside to encourage, bless and learn from. Heal us from ‘Me-Myself-I-Disease’ to prove your loving presence in our homes, workplaces and third spaces where we meet others. Amen!”
So what Wisdom and Insight about God’s Will are you harvesting from this period of challenge and change?
James 1:5-6 (NLT) – If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.