Jenny shares her experiences of faith and lockdown this week.
Prosecco, a restaurant meal with friends, relaxing spa treatments.... My planned birthday celebrations. The reality was of course a little different. While I had been looking forward to some peaceful time away from my children, they in fact played a significant role on my big day. Playing football in the park, pass the parcel on the sofa and a nerf gun fight in the garden, wouldn’t have been the same without my wonderful offspring. Together we had a great time enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
Following Christ can sometimes be a bit like that. We may have life mapped out; career, family, travel, major achievements. But God has an even greater plan for our lives. Psalm 16:11 says You will make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. I must admit, I sometimes find it hard to feel filled with joy. But God's joy is more of a quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright.
Sometimes it takes a change of direction in life to realise that what we were hoping to achieve isn’t quite so important anymore. The births of my three children certainly changed my priorities in life. And walking at toddler pace allows an appreciation of the world around us that we might otherwise miss.
Whatever path we take through life, God is walking alongside us, gently guiding and nurturing us. My favourite bible verse is Psalm 23:3 The Lord gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised. At the moment, it can feel like our journey consists of simply plodding step by step, just getting through each day. But I pray that God gives you a spring in your step and opens your eyes to the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead.
Comparison (17 May)
Timing (10 May)
Memories (3 May)
Back to School (26 April)
Simplicity (19 April)
Little Blessings (12 April)
Choose to Worship (5 April)
Changes (29 March)
Rest in his Grace (22 March)