“Believe in Him whom He sent” John 6:29
Hi there, for the last few days I have tried to concentrate fully on reading through the Gospels, following the 66 day reading plan, of which now it is day 57, and today I have finished the gospels and moved onto the book of Acts. There are only 9 reading days left, just shows how manageable it is that you can read through the whole of the New Testament in 15 days at a rate of about an hour per day! I have a hunger and passion for the Word of God that can’t be satiated by any other way, than read it for myself, it is my salvation that I am responsible for, but I am bursting with the joy of the Lord that I want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever I may go.
Above is a number of pictures, some of a wind turbine, it is one that I can see from a distance, quite a distance. I know that it’s a wind turbine as I have seen them before and heard different things about them, I can tell that it’s pretty big, they generally are, as from a distance it is a lot bigger than the trees. I know what it does, it rotates by the wind passing through its aerofoil design blades which causes like a dynamo effect to produce an energy which is transformed into electricity. My knowledge of them is pretty satisfactory.
However, satisfactory is never sufficient. When I take the time to go to take a closer look, I get something from my own perspective, something irreplaceable, when I press in closer I can gauge the size much more accurately, it’s pretty huge, easily a 60m mast with 30m blades, I can touch it and tell that it is made of some form of steel, not concrete or plastic, and more advantageously, I can hear it’s huge blades cutting through the passing wind, “Whvum, Whvum, Whvum.” I had to do the legwork to get me there, and use my God given senses to analyse it whilst we were there, but that was irreplaceable, I couldn’t get that experience second hand with someone else telling me.
Likewise with God’s Word, the Holy Bible, I may learn some things when I hear other people tell me about what they read and they found. I know what the Bible is, it can just be a book in a cupboard or on a bookshelf, and I don’t believe there is a single recorded case of the Bible ever jumping out of a drawer and forcing anyone to read it. Me, I like to know as much as I can about who wrote this particular section, not just who, but why, and how, the more we understand about the author, the better understanding we will have of the subject, Jesus Christ.
I was blessed to be part of a home study group and one of the families son, who was only about 7 or 8 years old, when his mum would read the Bible to him, he would imagine himself there, the example that was shared was from the end of John’s gospel, when Jesus is asking Simon Peter if he loved Him? Well, the little boy put himself in there, so Jesus wasn’t asking Simon Peter directly, Jesus was asking him to ask Simon Peter, and in return Simon Peter’s response was given to him first and then relayed to Jesus. This little story nearly had me in tears, we need to put ourselves in there, and Believe, and then, we receive.
In other news, Bertie is in the doghouse! (not literally). Bertie in the last few years has been inundated with me practising different sermons and testimonies on him as we walk along, he has been to loads of different churches, walked alongside me as I carry the cross of Jesus, I don’t know whether another dog has been involved in more Christian activity than him, and he is normally very, very good. Yesterday however, his previous good behaviour was tarnished as he managed to get in trouble in 1000m2 fenced off field.
He was having a little stroll outside as I was reading, the neighbours female dog had jumped over the fence again and I saw them running around the field, most unusual as he normally shies away from her as she is a bit too rough at playing with him, I checked on him and I presumed that she must be in season as he was looking rather amorous, I wasn’t worried as she is a lot bigger than him so would easily fend him off. Another dog appeared and seemed friendly as they all run around the field, I returned to my reading and thought I will give him ten minutes and bring him in.
Then, howling and gnashing of teeth as the dogs fought, I sprinted outside to split them up but they were already done, Bertie came around the corner with a cut on his nose, nothing serious, I cleaned him up and brought him in. Chasing females and fighting males over females are not accepted anymore Bertie!