Imagine if you would that you want to go to Oamaru on the bus, the buses run to Oamaru every day of the week and there are at least three different bus companies to choose from. The trick with all these bus companies is that they charge different fares and that they go at different times. You can pay as little as 22.99 on Naked Bus or as much as 42.00 on Intercity but to be fair Intercity does have a cheaper rate if you book early. In the middle is Atomic Bus Lines at 30.00.
So off you go with your packed lunch off to see the penguins and limestone buildings in Oamaru, hopping up onto the bus, you find a quiet seat and as you sit down you plug yourself into your MP3 player for those of my generation or older that’s like a tiny electronic portable tape deck that just keeps playing music, it doesn’t stop and you don’t have to turn the tape over.
So there you are plugged into a medley of classical music, a bit of Vivaldi’s four seasons, Lady Gaga, Hill Songs and Chris Rea. You are enjoying the music so much that you close your eyes and open them as you pull into Greymouth.
Panic. You were going to Oamaru. You are in Greymouth, I spent my last 30.00 on that ticket, I can’t get to Oamaru from here, I have no more money, I know no one in Greymouth! Where will I sleep, who do I go to for help.
You may see that life is like a bus journey, made up of many short trips to different places, often to numerous and exciting destinations, conversations with lots of different people and packed lunches.
Take a step back, take another look, just for the next ten minutes or so. Consider this your life’s one long bus trip. One bus, one fare, one destination.
GETTING IN/OUT OF THE BOAT
In our life journey with God, there are moments when we are to get out of the boat because our faith and trust in the Lord needs to grow. But, there are also moments when we need to get back in the boat because we need to rest and be renewed.
In both situations, we must listen to and for the Lord’s direction. –Jim Kane
Many times we get into situations off guard, we are not prepared. Eventually, as the situation becomes more grievous, we look to God in desperation. But the word of God says, even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil. Now to remember that I should have a background of knowing God, through his scriptures. It’s not enough that we read our bible or meditate on it only during my hard times. It’s very selfish. We need to get to know him. So that even before the situation arrive, I am equipped to handle it. Situations are inevitable. But God’s word should be the sword that we carry throughout the battle.
Community: So as a community, let’s have this feast together. Many times we are involved in our own study, which is good. We should do that but if we move with the community, it causes us to learn so much and understand God’s heart. When I am in a wedding feast or for that matter in a community, it looks very odd to carry your own food. Unless we are on a special diet by the doctor. When we feast with the community, we share our convictions, thoughts, and our expectations. We learn so much. So let’s do this with the community. Community is larger, many who are not part have become a part, some have moved on, we have prayer walks with our community, we have fun and food. Then why not bible reading together.
Commitment: It’s a commitment. The character of a person is known by their commitment. I understand the time constraints but when I am committed for it, I will do it even if it takes that extra mile. It shows my character. In marriage, if we don’t commit to each other, then that marriage fails or it’s just meaningless.
Courage: it shows our courage to share the word boldly, even when I am not good at expressing it. It’s God’s big family, and in a family I don’t pretend. I am myself. I share my thoughts and opinions even though it doesn’t make sense or even when my language is not good. I am vulnerable only for God. To be a part of His family and fellowship. None of us are perfect. That imperfection shows up for some people very evidently whereas for some it is subtle, but according to God, both of us need to work on it. Unless we don’t show the error, we will remain there, and we will not be able to grow to the next level.
Let’s have it practically. I have taken a small portion from Friday’s reading. Let’s do it together. So that we don’t wait till tomorrow, if there’s any challenge we can help immediately.
2 Samuel 12: 1 – 13
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveller came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
Let’s make it a habit / practice that we share and learn. As we do that we not only grow but we are able to face many giants in our life. Our life’s journey will be more interesting as we inculcate this aspect as well.
Sandra wife of Virjil .The New Hope Community is situated in the heart of the city between Old and New Panvel. We can confidently share that New Hope Community is a Church in Kamothe, Church in Khandeshwar, Church in Khanda Colony, Church in Panvel, Church in New Panvel because we are centrally located and these places surround our church Venue.