Loved, Read, Treasured and Ahead
This June, I have loved the peace and quiet on the beaches here – and at the same time I have been saddened by the reason behind it. I have felt very selfish as I have enjoyed the space, the tranquillity and the slower pace of life. Because of the Coronavirus we are now into week fifteen of lockdown in Wales, we are still to stay at home, to stay local within five miles of our home and only allowed to go out to do essential shopping or to meet one other household in an outdoor space. Whereas May would normally be the beginning of the tourist season and everything would be ramping up for a busy summer, this year the closed sign is still officially up! So this has been a unique month, we have had a lot of sunny weather, and it has at times almost felt eerily quiet, with hardly any cars and very few people. By the next government review, which is due on the 6th of July, we hope the restrictions will be lifted further and that people can start to return to visit this very beautiful part of the country – a lot of small businesses are dependent on the tourist trade for their main income!
I have read several books, and usually like to have two or three different types of book on the go at the same time. Of course, with not working at the moment, I have had more time than ever to read. So which one to share? I decided in the end to comment on this little book, by Professor John Lennox and published by thegoodbook company. It is only sixty-two pages but manages to present a clear concise view of God through the subject of suffering. It is written from the dedication onwards, “To a world in pain”, with compassion and sensitivity. The introduction states the intention of the book to offer some comfort, support and hope, which I feel it does, not only in relation to this pandemic, but also to the bigger question of suffering. The postscript acknowledges that not everyone’s questions will be answered, and that in fact the author still has many areas where he would like clarity himself, and so he finishes with a quote from Spurgeon:
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” C.H.Spurgeon.Tweet
It is a little book that more than deserves its place on the bookshelf, and I am sure I will pick it up and refer to it again, when those difficult ‘why God, why’ questions arise.
Treasured moments are always the milestones marked in old age – they become more precious as they become less certain. This month it was my Mum’s birthday – which would normally mean a lunch out, a drive and a little visit to somewhere different, a birthday treat of some sort. All not possible at the moment, but we felt really blessed, that a couple of days before her birthday the restrictions were altered to include the proviso that you could meet one other household in an outer door space close to your home. The little things, in this simplified lifestyle take on more significance – to be able to drop off some gifts in the morning and then go and visit again in the afternoon. The sun shone, it was a warm mild day and we were able to have a little stroll around the village and a good chat! I made and we shared a birthday cake, and we were thankful for just being able to be together.
Looking ahead is still very difficult, the uncertainty of when and how, so many questions still with no definitive answers. When will I go back to work, how will I be able to do my job if social distancing measures are still in place? When will we be able to welcome family and friends into our homes again? When will we be able to meet in Church again?
I opened a website and started this blog during lockdown, a ‘redeeming of the time’ or the ‘making the most of every opportunity.’ Looking ahead, I know I want to continue with online writing, there are so many new possibilities and opportunities that I didn’t even know existed! So, among all the questions, I am placing my trust in the One who knows all the answers and believing for just one step at a time. I am moving forward into a new season, in the wide open spaces of God’s grace, where anything is possible!
This post is part of the #sharefoursomethings linkup – https://wp.me/p7bPF0-xi
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