Archive for October, 2015

“The Eyes of the Lord are in Every Place, Beholding the Evil and the Good” (Proverbs 15v3)

October 27, 2015

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An elderly friend of my family was on the telephone to me just recently, telling me that someone had tried to burgle her when she was out. Something or someone had interrupted his attempt and thankfully there was no evidence to show that he had ever been in the house. However, her window had been prised opened and police forensic evidence showed tiny fibres from gloves that the would-be thief had been wearing. My friend laughed when she recalled the very apt ‘thought for the day’ that she had been reading on that very morning… “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and dust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal…” (Matthew 6v19)

“That thief would have had no interest in my little sentimental things,” she added, “but of course I’m glad that he never managed to get into the house and it does leave me feeling uneasy…”

A short time later I was driving to my peaceful rural home one night last week, when I noticed numerous oncoming cars flashing at me in the darkness. ‘Was there something wrong with my lights, was there an accident ahead…?’ My mind was filled with all sorts of possibilities as I drove on towards the edge of the village which I had to drive through to get home. Soon I reached a police blockade. An officer put his hand up and proceeded to tell me to find some other route home, as the village had been sealed off. “What’s going on?” I asked anxiously. “I’m sorry madam; we are not at liberty to say right now. There’s a very delicate situation here and no more cars are allowed through this village for the moment.”

I later learned that there had been some sort of ‘stand-off’ and a vague statement had been issued about someone ‘being potentially a danger to himself and others.’

We don’t have to travel very far in this world before we are confronted with all of the sins and spiritual ailments of mankind – our ancient legacy from Eden. There is nothing in this world that the Lord is not aware of. He knows of the unspoken plans of the thief and the murderer; He knows of those who ‘bear false witness’ and He knows of the self-serving schemes of rulers and politicians the world over. He knows when some poor soul takes a nervous break-down and He knows every single anxiety (large and small) of every individual the world over.

And He also knows when good and loving deeds are accomplished to His glory. These may never be known or recognised by anyone else on earth and in fact many of the Lord’s servants may be misunderstood and their good deeds misinterpreted – but that which is done to the glory of God will receive an eternal reward. “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” (Luke 8v17)

Have you ever been accused in the wrong? Are you ostracised from the company of others and have no idea why? His eyes are surely in every place, beholding the evil and the good. All across the world at this moment terrible crimes are being perpetrated, while acts of terror are being planned in the name of a false prophet. Yet, for those who know the Lord, we can rest assured that He is in control. “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 62v6)

Whatever your lot today, it is no secret to Him. He knows well your troubles, your worries, your sorrows and perhaps your regrets. He died to lift those burdens that weigh you down with grief and He died for the sins that would seek to enslave you. If you have not already done so, His will is for you to repent and turn to Him today.  His eyes are indeed “in every place.” He understands “every place” in your heart too and He wants to heal that broken heart, filling it with His love. Oh that mankind would turn to the Lord, for our all-seeing, all-knowing God is coming (perhaps very soon) to judge the earth with righteousness and truth. (Psalm 96v13)

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Food For Free!

October 3, 2015

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Just recently I returned home one evening to find my daughters in the process of making lovely mixed fruit jam. The aroma from the fruit, in addition to a delicious crumble and homemade scones were most welcoming! What amazed me most, though, was the fact that much of the fruit used was freely available in the hedgerows and fields behind our home. A short walk through the field and over a gate brings us to a quiet laneway, at the end of which lies an old derelict house with a tiny walled garden, while beyond this is a beautiful glen, overlooking the Irish Sea. It is here, in this area that fruit is available in abundance – a paradise for birdlife.

Even now, in October, the hedgerows are still heavy with blackberries, elderberries and rosehips, while an abundance of crab apples are also available. It is said that rosehip syrup reduces the pain of arthritis, while crab apples have traditionally been used to heal wounds. It is also thought that eating the natural produce from your own area is a good idea, given that this fruit etc. has had to deal with the same environmental hazards as us to survive. Much of this type of fruit contains far more vitamin C (and some also contain more of vitamins D, E and iron) than cultivated fruit. Crab apples are full of natural pectin and are therefore good when cooked with other types of fruit to make jam.

Also available in our area are wild mushrooms, while in spring, nettles full of iron can be used in “nettle champ.” I was recently thinking of how good the Lord is to provide us with such an abundance of natural (and free) food full of vitamins. It is thought that when there is an enormous crop of blackberries, this could mean that a cold winter lies ahead – and indeed this could well be true. The natural vitamin D that we receive from being in the sun has also been available to us recently – perhaps more so than in our mediocre summer. A couple of days ago I noticed a little ladybird crawling on a leaf and I truly wondered were the seasons getting all mixed up, given that I also spotted some primroses coming out one late autumn in the aforementioned quiet laneway!

And yet we are told that: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8v22)

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 41v13)

His Word endures forever too and like the fruit which is freely available for us, it is packed full of good things for us to absorb and enjoy. What an abundance of food for the soul is freely available for all who draw near and drink from that “Well which never runs dry!”

Spiritually speaking, ‘the winter’ of this world lies ahead; already we see some terrifying signs of the end times. We have no idea what this harsh ‘winter’ may be hold for us as individuals and so we must draw ever closer to our Lord and Saviour, “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5v16)

Just as the season for the earthly fruit (which is now so plentifully available to us) will soon draw to a close, this Day of Grace and opportunity to receive the spiritual fruit of plenty will someday be no longer on offer to those who have yet not accepted it. The harsh winter of judgment will have come. It will be too late to avail of all that He once wanted to offer. But right now… it is still not too late! “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” (Ephesians 5v14)

There is a great wealth of goodness available naturally in the fruits of the hedgerows for the transient nature of these bodies of ours – but how much more is available in the spiritual sense to all who acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour – and are cleansed and used of Him to gather fruit “unto life eternal?” (John 4v36) “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”