I don't know if I should admit to liking Alan Carr 'Chatty Man'
He's a bit near the knuckle at times, but is also very funny and has great guests.
He makes me smile as he comes down the stairs at the start of the show and says
"What a week it's been!"
That's a bit how I feel at the moment.
"What's new?" I hear you cry....
The last few weeks have been quite eventful with
Revision (Not me, Joel)
Running (Yes me. I know!)
Important, exciting but confidential news.
Sleeplessness (Not me, Ryan)
Scoring goals (Not me, Nathan)
Dodgy knees (Me again.)
Wind and Rain
Old things revisited
Teeth knocked out, again (Not me, Joel)
And so it goes on...
In the middle of it I had a bout of labyrinthitis.
It's nothing to do with David Bowie,
But everything to do with your inner ear.
So if I turned over in bed,
Or turned my head too quickly,
Or at a certain angle,
My world resembled the spin cycle on the washing machine
"I'm spinning around..."
Isn't that what life is like for us all
Some, if not most of the time?
Who was it said "Stop the world, I want to get off?"
And is it just me that sometimes finds myself praying fervently
(Come Lord Jesus)?
I'm tired of earth
A friend sent me a message earlier this week.
She prays for me when she feels God draws her to.
We laugh as she feels drawn most days...
But amongst the things she sent me that God had said to her was Colossians 2:1-3
"Know that I'm on your side, right alongside you.
You're not in this alone.
I want you woven into a tapestry of love,
in touch with everything there is to know of God.
Then you will have minds confident
and at rest,
focussed on Christ, God's great mystery.
All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge
are imbedded in that mystery and nowhere else.
And we've been shown the mystery."
Our spin cycle continued.
(Not literally. A run cured the labyrinthitis..)
And on Monday my beloved Aunty Vivienne left this world.
I echoed the words of my sons for more than a few moments
"Why do bad things keep happening to us?"
"Isn't it another family's turn?"
And I added my own when I knew Vivienne only had a few days
"I can't tell these children any more bad news."
"Know that I'm on your side. You're not in this alone."
And in Exodus 14:14 "I will fight for you".
God is on our side.
He will give us all we need.
Often, just a moment at a time.
We're not in this alone.
"I want you woven into a tapestry of love."
I can feel some more post-it's coming on!