Today we awoke in Brittany. In my friends beautifully converted farmhouse where we will spend around the next three months. I will study the bible on my own. Well not entirely on my own. I will have my trusty companion Bertie, my loyal boxer/Staffordshire terrier dog at my side. Especially at meal times and also The Holy Spirit to guide me through the study. Not just academically but spiritually through my every sinew and bone.
So this morning after breakfast and a stroll around the garden and adjoining fields. On a beautiful clear morning, I had surveyed the wood supply stocked in the barn and couldn’t wait to add a spot of chopping wood to my daily routine. What man is there that wouldn’t like to take an axe and split logs for daily fuel? But first, we had to go into the nearest town to get some provisions, the shopping list read;
Not your everyday shopping list I’m sure, but necessary all the same. The Key was for a spare key cut for the lounge area, so that I wasn’t the only one with a key. The axe was for me. There is an axe, however it’s a little blunted and as I intend doing quite a bit of work with it over the next few months it would be beneficial to buy a new one. So off we went down to Callac. The roads here are superb. Perfectly flat rolled tarmac, I really cant remember seeing or feeling a pothole! Its almost expected for roads to be infested with potholes anywhere in the UK that’s off the beaten track.
It’s a good day to go for my first time. Its quiet, so I can get used to the road layout through the town to the Intermarche (supermarket). I get the bread and milk, and enquire at the checkout about key cutting. They do, but not this sort. I will have to go to the bigger city Carrhaix at some point. They have no axes or garden tools either. There is a garden centre the other side of town but it is not open today.
We set off back , I am thinking how well this ex disabled minibus has done and the new ”life” it now has. Its less than 5 months ago it had been parked in a yard in Blackburn for months. Looking a bit desperate, being up for sale and finding nobody wanted it. Now its been transformed and there is no looking back! Its been up and down the UK, now over in France. It has a new future, a bright one.
The satnav took us over a railway line. I didn’t remember this on the way here so pull over, park up and jump out. Theres a little bric a brac store I saw going past I want to have a look at.
“SNAP“ went the key in the doorlock!
It wasn’t bent, twisted, or snagged, it just snapped. It was the ignition key too. Few things to be thankful for, God always, the door didn’t actually lock or I would have had to break a window and the full set of spare keys where just inside! Praise the Lord. It was only just a week ago on Saturday that I had picked up the spare set from my friends. I normally leave them with him then he can get them to me if necessary. 2 things about keys today!
Well 3, because I wish to confide a Key reason why I am here in France to study the Bible. And its from the Holy Word of God in the book of Galatians 2:20. It says “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.“ Amen.
Likewise in Romans 6:6 the Apostle Paul says “knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.“
I am here to ask the Lord to search me and help me get rid of any unclean thing, to put off the Old Man finally, the cloak of sin, to meditate on His word, to fast and pray, to worship and seek the Lord in Spirit and in truth. I have come a long way since , my conversion, and I don’t want to look back, only forward. Praise you Jesus, give you all the glory.