‘This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’ Acts 4:11-12
This mince pie is recognized as world’s most expensive and has been made with the most delicate ingredients. Wouldn’t be wonderful to see the Day when this world recognizes how lovely and special Jesus really is, the author and finisher of life.
After being away for a few days in Sussex, there are few highlights that I want to share. Funny enough, right before we left, my daughter and I were watching ‘Pride and Prejudiced’. As Mrs Bennet exclaimed in frustration:’If only Mr. Bennet took us all to Brighton, this elopement would not happened.’ What Mrs. Bennet was not willing to see that intentions go before us. So, in the end it didn’t really matter where Lydia went, as her father rightly knew, she would do what she pleased. On the contrary, Mr. Nowak took us all to Brighton, our intention was to have a good time and see all the old friends we can. We had an awesome trip, so here some thoughts on that.
The rain has been busy at night, washing houses, streets, cars, anything that is exposed to it’s zeal. Trees looked washed and ready to be examined by the sun. Proud and ready to face the day, Rottingdean, a small coastal village, with narrow old streets, with a Barclays bank and st. Margaret’s church that takes roots in 13th century, preached history. Modern cars already busy and awake were racing up and down, while curious visitors were window shopping.This small village is one of those places that gives an appearance of time standing still and welcoming all things new at the same time. Reminds me a beautiful place in California, Arrowhead, a picturesque mountain village. I believe Thomas Kinkade painted there.
My mother- in- law was running late for her tennis session. Inviting her youngest grandchildren to come along delayed a car trip considerably. While she was hitting the ball, children and I were at the playground near by. As I was standing on a modern-state-of-art playground, looking at the surrounding us valley of Rottingdean, amazed how everything around us changes all the time. Except God and His word. Not all see that thought. In my recent discussion with an atheist, he could not help, but show his frustration that our society spends money on churches and faith schools. In my turn, I must mention that from the dawn of civilization people had a desire to worship a deity. This desire deeply build in like a hard drive in the computer. Even when they didn’t quite know to whom they need to bow down, they showed creativity, as Athenians did by erecting an alter to an ‘Unknown god.’ How could someone have so much frustration over what a human race practiced from day one. That’s titanium argument!
The playground was right in the middle of tennis court and a football field. I was admiringly watching the youngsters running around under sharp eye of their coach, at the same time impressed by the older generation, still exercising their muscles through tennis. To stay fit, you must get up early and just do it. Muscles won’t bulge especially when you are aging. The same is very true about spiritual training. As believers we must open up the word of God to find out what He requires from us. While I’ve never been to a service in St. Margaret’s church, I know it is not a gospel preaching church. In spite of standing there through the centuries, many people from the village still worship a quite distant God. Sinners must be wash by the truth of God’s word! This is an essential part for believers if they seek to glorify and obey the Lord.
I had an amazing experience lately. For a year now, because of small children, sometimes I have to listen to the sermon through the speakers. The sound system in the church was on it’s last breath and sometimes the sound just disappeared, sometimes it was faint, often a lot of noise came through at the same time. This has not been a pleasant or helpful experience. However, this past Sunday the sounds was perfect due to the newly purchased sound system. Our life is just the same. We get very little help if we don’t hear the word of God that is instructing, encouraging, edifying, building up, cleansing, helpful all around and ect.
I’ve finished reading a book by T. Tchividjian ‘Jesus+Nothing=Everything’. The thought that stayed with me was about how the more he studied the gospels, the less he worried about things. That is an intent of God’s word to give a believer every confidence that God is for us, that God is in control of absolutely everything, that He will protect and do what is best for us eternally. Often repetition is the best thing:’God is Sovereign. He is in control.’ It could be a good thing to hear it over and over again. My friend whom I visited on this trip, had shared with me about her ‘weekend away’, where they talked how to handle anxiety and worry. She said she felt rather frustrated that they repeated again and again the same plain truth. As it was repeated, it started to sink in more. That proved to be rather helpful in the end.
Once a believer washed regularly by the truth of God’s Word even from time to time he/she gets ‘dirty’ by the world, it is obviously felt. When I don’t have sugar regularly and suddenly it is again in my mouth, it hits the whole body system so strongly. The same is with the pollution of this world. We would feel it just the same and it will revolt us when Holy Spirit works through and in us. We must not forget that it is impossible to live a life of obedience on self-sufficiency. Many women fall into this same old trap. They seek the Lord diligently, but the minute they have children it all goes on a back burner, often without realizing it. It did happen to me. I could not go to many evening Bible studies anymore or prayer meetings, lacked fellowship, was tired to dig in to the word on my own. The end result was frustration with everything and everyone since I’ve tried to live a Christian life on my own resources. It is an impossible reality. Once we realize it, the Lord will make a way for us to obey Him and draw from His spiritual well. I’ve prayed. Simple, but we forget how powerful and effective this tool is for a Christian. The Lord brought a friend to pray, a Bible study to listen on line, a Bible read out from the internet. Jehovah-Jireh He is indeed! Often many Christians get tempted to have worldly, unbelieving friends. What was interesting, all the friends I went to see were the one’s I’ve made at the church. It felt like we parted yesterday. None of my daughter’s friends from her old school wished to see her. That was sad, but such a good confirmation of the things I was teaching her about the Lord and His binding glue between people. Once the Lord bring you a true friend, it is for life.
The day we’ve left, we thought it would be a good idea to get some exercise and fresh air at the Marina. We walked towards the surfing spot where a few brave enough lads were catching waves in the English Channel. The water looked so cold, but my husband assured me since he spend a lot of time there himself, that it is not that bad once you get going. What stood out for me was the effort that they were making. It could be life consuming. It could come to the point when everything you do evolves around surfing. It does keep you fit and gives pleasure, but that is all. Life is just as hostile and hard for anyone who doesn’t have protection of the Lord.
Why not commit your life to the Lord and allow Him to consume every area of our life. Because it will be not just for now. It will last for eternity.
This is world’s most expensive wedding cake. Guess what? At the marriage feast of the Lamb, where Jesus invites his friends, they shall eat something that wont be even close to this poor visible image of a cake!
‘But we never can prove
The delights of His love
Until all on the alter we lay;
for the favor He shows,
and the joy He bestows,
are for those who will trust and obey.’