fungus hygrocybe vitallina

Day 245 Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name

I saw this tiny fungus in the grass from afar. It was easy to spot because the yellow colour was seemingly outshining everything in its place. Looking through my encyclopaedia the closest match was the hygrocybe vitellina, although you can never be too sure with fungus. It seemed to be crying for attention. The colours almost seemed rude.

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act.
Delay not, for your own sake, O my God,
because your city and your people are called by your name.

This prayer seems almost rude.

Oh Lord, Hear. The prayer is crying out to God to hear. When I need a pupil to pay attention I will say his name. The colour of this fungus caught my attention. The name we have been shown in glory on the cross is the name of Jesus the Christ, Yeshua.

Oh Lord, forgive. The Lord wishes to hear us, but we must accept our sinfulness and repent from that sin. Sadly this is something that many I talk to do not want to admit, many people think they have no sin in them.

O Lord, Pay attention and act. Are we allowed to ask God to “Pay Attention” – like he ever takes his gaze away for a moment. We should pray and expect answers. God loves us all equally and He sacrificed His only Son for us. That was such a huge sacrifice, so to not expect answers and not expect God to follow through with what He has said He will do, is like saying God is indecisive or He does not take an interest in us. God is not a God like the force in “Star Wars”, He is a personal God who answers prayers when we ask in confidence.

Delay not, for your own sake, O my God. God sacrificed his own son for us and if he doesn’t act, then that sacrifice would have been in vain. So God will not tarry, even though we may think he is taking his own time, in effect he is controlling time, he created it.

because your city and your people are called by your name. We are all part of the body of Christ. Let us cut through all these petty squabbles about Anglican, Catholic, methodist, it matters for nothing. What matters is our faith in Christ as Christians.

As I drove to work this morning I gazed up at the hill with windmills on and they had all stopped spinning at an angle so that it looked like there were many crucifixes on top of the hill with the light behind. This reminded me of the huge sacrifice that not just Jesus made, but all the other Christians that have gone to their deaths, and continue to do so for the sake of being a Christian across the world.

Dear Lord, hear our cry, we sin and we are not worthy but you sacrificed your son for us so redeem us through your glory.

Amen

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