“This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 NIV
2012 has begun, in Ireland there is much to be downcast about if finance, money and spending are important to you. I figure that I’ve a roof over my head and food in the press so I’ve nothing to complain about.
Yesterday I met a woman I had not seen in church for a couple of years, I didn’t ask her reasons for leaving, although being human it was on the tip of my tongue. Instead I hope I showed her God’s love through me in an act of kindness. It wasn’t random, although it was spontaneous and I felt afterward that I approached the situation well.
I have a friend who I am thinking about today, she is unsettled, the weather unsettles her and makes her look at everything in grey way. I pray that God intervenes with her so she can find joy in rain: splashing in puddles, standing in rain with face upturned as the raindrops land on it, an invigourating run, skipping around puddles.
Lord I thank you that I can be used by you to show kindness, I thank you for my friend in her greyness may she find your rainbow colours of your world even when it is raining. Your rainbow, a sign of the covenant with Noah, your sign for me when I begin backsliding, I thank you for this. And Lord I thank you for the frugality you gave me, and Lord please, I lift up to you those people in this country who are in financial hardship that will get worse before it gets better. Lord I feel for them and want to help them, help me do this in your name, Lord because you are the giver of freedom, freedom from worries, freedom from sin, freedom from debt. Lord finally I know you’ll be in Nigeria, in this state of emergency, Lord protect people as they congregate on Sunday to praise and worship you. Amen