TEN DAYS LATER
Sometimes praying to God is like having a one–way conversation. We talk, we pray, we ask, but never seem to hear back. At those times we may begin to wonder whether God is really listening. Why can't it be like the old days when God answered straight away through his prophets, and people knew they would get an answer?
Jeremiah was one such prophet. When he prayed, God answered. Jeremiah was the voice that made speaking to God a two way conversation. So the people asked Jeremiah to pray to the LORD for them. They said, "Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do." (Jeremiah 42 v 3) So Jeremiah agreed and prayed to the LORD. Then the record continues by saying, "Ten days later the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah." (v 7) No, it was not always straight away. In this case it took ten days before the LORD answered Jeremiah's prayer.
At other times and with people like Elijah, Daniel and Peter, the answers came even as they were praying. But sometimes answers take time. Let's be sure that we wait patiently for God's reply without giving up and doing our own thing. We can always be sure God has heard and that he will answer in his own good time.
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Keep Fun Alive!
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15 v 13.
There is a time for everything ... a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3 v 4.
A few years ago we took our kids out for breakfast. Not just any ordinary breakfast. We packed up cornflakes, plates, milk and spoons, and loaded them into our kayaks and paddled up the estuary behind our house to a place with a little sandy shore on the other side. There we got out our cornflakes and milk, and sat there (in full view of the houses that backed on to that bit of reserve) and ate our picnic breakfast. It was kind of unusual, quirky and different, but that was what made it a fun and memorable thing to do.
Of all the "usual" things we have done over the years, this one has gone down in my memory as something special that we have done together. Keeping fun alive is a vital thing for a family, and especially for a couple. Too often the mundane and urgent pressures dictate our lives, and the days slip by without anything that we might note down as special, precious or fun. We need those fun moments to lighten our mood and give us opportunities for laughter. Those fun and different memories will be times that stand out in bright, happy colour, contrasting to the black, white and grey pressures of day to day life.
Right now I can feel the need for one of those moments. Life has been a bit pressured and mundane lately. It's time for us to get our creative juices flowing, put our silly hat on, and give ourselves a bit of comic relief.
- Make a list of activities you both enjoyed when growing up. What used to bring a smile? Bike riding, skate boarding, hiking, board games, frisbee throwing, water fights, kite flying, funny stories by the fire...?
- What could you re-visit that might inject some fun into your love life today?
- What new or unusual activity could you try out?