Out across the woods to join the guild wheel, a dark but wonderful path to follow at night with animals jumping out when my head torch highlighted the bushes. I could really praise God, feeling the droplets of rain on my tongue and the wind rushing past.
The guild wheel was created to celebrate the guild of Preston in 2012 and is a circular path around Preston, it helps us remember this event. A kind of commemoration.
Whilst running I had an image of Joshua walking through the Jordan and being told by God to instruct the priests to carry 12 stones from the river bed to set as a remembrance – a way of remembering. Jesus did the same thing with 12 apostles, but one tells us how not to do it, the 11 tell us how right things can go when in creation mode.
Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
Easter is a time where we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. The first fruits of the new creation. When Jesus died on the cross, it was settled and the resurrection of Jesus was the start of the new creation. Perhaps God is just waiting for His children to remember this fact and to grab hold of their identities and join in creating God’s kingdom until Jesus returns.
The stone points across the lake, the stones are also there for a remembrance and to the world the lake seems futile – but to God, with faith, there is a passage across, we just need to stand in the water. The question remains – are you willing to stand in the water?
You are creator, light, wisdom, righteousness, and the source of life. Guide us, shape us, activate us in your image. Amen.