I went a-walking today. Yes with a brolly!
It was fascinating actually. I went with the primary purpose of visiting a family at the other end of the village regarding baptism. I have downloaded some material on discipling and huddles so I was plugged in on the way over. It was quiet anyway and no one was really around, and it rained. Plus true to form I was running tight for time. So on the way over I heard wonderful statements that told me I wasn’t the only wondering what the church of the future will look like. I visited the family and for various reasons the visit was done in twenty minutes. On the way back the sun shone – yes it does shine in Forth. I spoke to a lady cleaning weeds out of her driveway, I dropped a letter through a friend’s door, had a twenty minute conversation with a wonderful gentleman from the Gospel Hall tradition where I told him I believed God is working hard in Forth, and we talked about being saved. We also talked about our families and prayer. From there I walked on home listening again to stories of imitation and oxen. Then I saw a couple arrive home who I have been supporting as they help another ‘interesting’ character in the church. I spoke with her for 20 minutes, reassuring and making her laugh. Then a beautiful church attender P7 turned up and needed reassurance that High School would be okay. Some cuddles later and she was off with a smile. I left at 1:40pm and got back at 3:40pm. And the actual reason for leaving the house took twenty minutes. How much I would have missed had I driven over. If I hadn’t stopped to speak to these people – who would have encouraged each of them? I challenged one, supported another and made her laugh (she thanked me for that!) and reassured a little girl. (Forgive the vagueness but I don’t want to embarrass anyone!)
Now before you think I am getting all big headed – honestly I am not trying to blow my own trumpet. But I do want to encourage you to think about the people you met today. Or did you rush around and miss out on something wonderful? Normally I am always rushing and Sunday morning still lies unwritten (again!). However I have to wonder if today the Lord went walking with me? I believe so. Jesus liked walking – rarely he takes public transport though donkeys do feature a couple of times in his story. As much as rural living requires the car – can I suggest that walking has more benefits that saving the environment and your health?
To the wonderful people I met today thank you because I came away challenged, supported, laughing and reassured. For whatever we give we receive back tenfold. I sit here with a smile on my face and hope in my heart.
Enjoy a walk and reap the benefits. I am going back soon to visit the family – I wonder what might happen during that walk.
God bless you,