I have been struck/stuck with the idea of ‘pearls in the mud’. This mindset is not Pollyanna but rather biblical. I realize all too well that there is mire. I could hardly forget! But in this battle for my mind I am choosing to look for the ‘pearls’ buried here in the mire and most of all ‘the Pearl of Great Price”.
One such pearl was A. who began coming to Up Town recently. In her own words “… became a Christian tonight (Sunday)” I was not at my energetic best during our time together as Up Town but God was powerfully working. A. made her decision to be a follower of Jesus and an older woman decided to recommit herself and her ways. It was tremendous and tremendously encouraging! I met with A. at a community supper Monday and we had a long chat about things and she asked about baptism. We will probably be arranging something in the weeks ahead. I have to arrange to borrow a tank.
I have been getting a number of calls, visits, and notes from supportive friends and I am reminded how good it is to be a part of the wider community “the Body of Christ.” I continue to do my ‘volunteer work’ with Up Town; this includes the Friday Night Drop In and the Sunday Worship Time. I have decided to venture out Monday nights to a community supper where I meet a lot of my friends from the inner-city. I will also be going to Stone mornings Monday – Friday where I will be praying. I have invited some of my Up Town friends to join me and I expect some will.
I have new sympathy for people who deal daily with government bureaucracy, as I am in the midst of registering for EI. I am sure I am growing in patience but I hope I don’t go broke in the meantime.
Mostly I am reading and rereading scripture. I find myself in the Psalms a lot I am especially struck with Psalm 6 and I invite you to read it and perhaps share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog. My search for wisdom has led me to Proverbs and I particularly enjoy Eugene Peterson’s earthy take on them in ‘The Message.” A friend recommended Henry Drummond’s sermon “The Greatest Thing’ to me and this has led to a weekly revisit to 1 Corinthians 13.
I am doing better, in fact the last two nights I had an uninterrupted night’s sleep for the first time in over a month. I do not want to leave the impression that things are ‘good’ for me right now but I do want to say “God is good!” Please feel free to comment I enjoy hearing from you.