Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Silver Linings

It was while I was at work today. For some reason I started to review the last year or two of my life... Quite a lot has happened! Quite a lot has changed....

But it struck me how often I had worried about things, and how rarely the 'worst case scenarios' that I had envisaged, actually came to fruition. It seems I am worrying myself into an early grave, and for what? I can't change a single thing by worrying about it. No one can.

 And anyway, those calamities didn't eventuate... Oh it hasn't all been smooth sailing. But through it all, one thing has stood out like the rainbow in the afternoon sky.

As someone said once, "To have a silver lining, you have to have a cloud." It is so true. Think about it. If life was always sunny, would you appreciate the blessings of God? If we had heaven here on earth, would we appreciate the place He has for us?

And God is not asleep. 

He does care. 

He is watching.

And He is incredibly eager to help.

Somehow I seemed to sense His love so strongly, and many of the blessings he has poured on my head in the last year came bursting into my memory. And wow! He has been busy! Words just don't describe the feeling. There just aren't any words for it. Just the realization of His caring tenderness, and His foresight and wisdom, blew me away. He has been so good, and I haven't deserved any of it.

But He doesn't ask whether I deserve it. He loves. He forgives. He blesses. Thank you Lord!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Here we go again.....

Only 3 weeks in our new home, and we have twice seen record breaking flooding... I guess it never rains but it pours...

I like rain as much as anyone else, but not when the rain prevents me from going to work. And the fact that our driveway is about 3 meters underwater again, I know that my idea of going to work tomorrow to put in a few extra hours has just been sunk. Technically I could walk to work, but I would have to walk 3kms through soggy bush country, and I'm not THAT keen....

Just when the water had gone down enough to drive through, it rained again.... It only rained 35mm, not much in comparison to the 130mm we got the first time around... But the 130mm fell on dry ground, whereas this lot of rain land in the puddles left over from last time.... It only rained for an hour, at about 3:30 this morning, but by 9AM, the creek had swollen to the top of it's banks, bursting with the run-off from the hills around...

Yesterday we walked through the creek for fun, to get the mail, but there's no way to get across it now, fast flowing torrent that it has become... I guess that means we won't be having visitors for a while... I guess it means our landline won't get connected in the next week. I guess it means I won't be going to work for the next few days.I guess that means I get to spend a few more days at home with my wife (I haven't worked since Wednesday, because of the rainy weather). Well, whatever God has in store for us, I'm sure he won't let us starve, and I'm sure He knows what He is doing.

But just because I'm not going to work, doesn't mean I wont be busy... But all that can wait, because it's Sabbath today, and I'm going to enjoy the Sabbath with my wife, and not worry about what might be or could be.