Standing against the rain, this one defiant robin seem bedraggled but he is defiant that the rain will not stop him doing his work and keeping himself and perhaps his family alive. I say him, but I really haven’t a clue whether this robin is male or female, perhaps a bird expert can tell me. But what was fascinating was that he didn’t seem phased by all the assaults of the weather against him.
When the storms of life come,
the wicked are whirled away,
but the godly have a lasting foundation.
We can feel like this sometimes. We have ideas for projects and our imagination comes up with new things constantly, but it also seems true, at least for me, that the enemy will attack with nagging doubts. But what proves God is at work is that after a period of prayer, help seems to come from many directions, from friends, from unlikely people, or just random chance – or so it seems, but I believe these seemingly impossible coincidences have been too many and too finely tuned to have been just luck, if there is such a thing. These acts and events are I believe actually God’s voice.
This journey started long ago, but was reignited as a flame, sat across a table from a panel at a school interview. One of the first interviews after leaving the army. “Where is Jesus in your life?” It seemed rude to have been asked. It seemed to make me angry that the priest had asked me. It dwelt there in my mind. Every night it kept coming back, before I had to finally kneel down and answer that question honestly. He wasn’t as far as I could see. That was the problem, but when I finally invited Him in to my life things changed dramatically.
I am still travelling on this journey, like the robin, rather bedraggled and bewildered at times. Sometimes not making sense, sometimes coming up with crazy ideas. But at least I now know my true friend and saviour is Jesus Christ and with Him as my companion on this journey there can be no worries to weigh me down.
Dear Lord Jesus, I beg that you forgive my foolish thoughts and my weaknesses, forgive my anger, my my sinfulness, take me on this road and lead me from the open rain to the shelter of your tree of life with all my friends and family.