The season has changed. This weekend the clocksgo back. I went outside and looked up at the full moon high in the sky. It was lighting up the land and sea below. I spent a few moments marvelling at the beauty all around. Praise The Lord maker of heaven and earth. I didn’t stay too long in the chilly air. I headed off to bed looking forward to the extra hour under the blankets.
Here at my home in Northern Ireland it is a beautiful day. The sky is blue and clear of clouds. The sun is shining brightly, yes more brightly than normal. It shouldn’t be so warm at the end of October! The yachts and boats that were moored in the bay have gone. The owners brought them to the harbour. They have been hoisted out by a crane a few days ago. It’s time to store the craft for the winter.
My grandchildren are visiting. It is warm outside, the air still and the water surface like glass. The conditions tempted the children to go down to the shore. It is a perfect day to go messing about in the water. They persuaded grandad to help them put our boat in the water again. It is a small yellow pedalo. It glides quietly over the water. No need for oars, sails or an engine. Just turn the pedals with your feet. Our grandchildren have such fun in it. No need to own an expensive yacht. The only equipment each one needs is a life jacket. Supervised from the shore by grandad and their mum, the children paddled effortlessly up and down the bay till their hearts were content.
I am reminded of the scripture,
“The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be seven times brighter, in the day that the Lord binds up the breach of his people, and heals their wounds.”
Isaiah 30:26 KJV
As I am writing this I hears the calls of some birds overhead. I look up. It is a chevron of seventeen swans flying south. They must have taken advantage of the perfect weather conditions, light by day and night to migrate south for the winter.
I am nursing a broken arm. It is very painful. I am feeling helpless and miserable. I fell from a stepladder as it crashed under me. My right arm and bottom took the full impact. Today, three weeks on I am encouraged by God’s word. My wounds will heal.
If you are feeling discouraged, are sick or heavy burdened don’t despair. Look up. See creation all around. Your Heavenly Father who created all this beauty cares for you. Through believing in his son Jesus you will be healed. It’s time for your breaks and wounds to heal.
“Be still and know that I am God”
We are living in peace and and safety in Northern Ireland.
My neighbor keeps bees. I was surprised. I thought they must keep very quiet. I never see any bees around the flowers in the garden. Yesterday evening I was enjoying the evening sun. I noticed a humming sound coming from high in the tree nearby. I listened and looked. It sounded like bees buzzing. I looked closer and sure enough there were bees feeding on the pollen from the tree. I noticed the white chairs under that tree felt sticky. The pollen had fallen on them. It must be sugary, pleasant for the bees to gather for their hive. I now call this my buzzing tree. As I pass each day I hear the sound of the bees above.
God has blessed us here in Ireland these last weeks with sunny, clear skies. All life is opening up in the safety, warmth and comfort. Shorts, cotton shirts and sun hats are taken out of storage. We are using a pedalo Aaron bought for his young family years ago. I thought it would never be used again as he has moved abroad. No more sound of grandchildren squealing with delight as their dad launched out into the water at Newcastle. But God. He brings restoration. Abraham and I were happily peddling in the Lough below with expensive yachts towering over us. Granny was squealing! God has filled my heart with joy.
I believe everyone should have a house and garden. Having a home to keep warm in the winter is necessary. As the spring arrives one needs to get out doors after a cold and dark winter. Summer arrives suddenly when the trees get clothed in dark gree leaves and weeds sprout out of the ground where there was only soil a short time before.
As the days get long and warm it is pleasant to have space to sit outdoors and enjoy the flowers, the birds singing and fresh air. It is good for the soul. He leads me in green pastures to restore my soul.
In King Solomon’s reign in Judah and Israel, the people
“Were very contented with plenty to eat and drink. And there was peace throughout the entire land. They lived in peace and safety. Each family had his own home and garden.” I Kings 4 v 24.
When I travelled in Mediteranean countries I admired the little white houses with the families sitting under the shade of the vine tree in the cool of the evening. It is a picture of what I read in Scripture,
“And every man neath his vine and fig tree shall live in peace and be unafraid.” Micah 4
This was so refreshing to see. I longed for that image of peace. Could that ever happen in Northern Ireland? At the time there was war. Getting out of the turmoil for a week was a blessed relief.
Praise God today in N Ireland we do have peace and people are sitting out in their gardens. The word of The Lord has come to pass.
“And into plowshares turn their swords, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Micah 4 v 3
Hail the King, hail The Lord of all. Of his government there shall be no end in Ireland! Isaiah 9. Safety and peace are restored to N Ireland.