Myself and my son went for a walk in this wood. From the outside the woods appeared to be neglected as there were many mounds of rubbish lying around. But we found this wonderful little path leading down to the valley below.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore
A simple reflection this evening. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and so through Him we will discover the pleasures of life forever more. Not the pleasures of the belly, or of the body, but of giving love through your life.
Seemingly small things matter; Not reacting to someone provocation, stopping to say hello and to see if we can pray for someone, giving out compassion through your daily sacrifice, spending time with your children. In fact I feel to god these are the big things. God always turns our perceptions on their head. After all Jesus never came to be served but to serve, how about that for a King, has any other monarch spent their life serving others in poverty?
These things do matter to God, but He wants to be part of the planning process. He wants to be asked about His opinion rather than just doing things and thinking “I’m sure God would want this”.
God managed his time well when creating the earth. He created each part and then night came. He then had a rest. Rest is an important part of the working routine and if you take this out of the equation you can quickly burn out.
Going for a walk along this forest path was resting, it was spending time with treasures in my life that are really important.
Spending time with God is also important, if not the most important thing to do.
So in this lead up the the primary school sat tests;
I pray that the children spend time with God and spend time doing things they enjoy so they can rest.
I pray that I provide support for all my pupils but also prepare them for their journey ahead – with a compass – Jesus Christ.