Dear Praying Saints and Intercessors:
These words from Psalm 104:13-15 have taken on a real
life of their own as the growing and mowing season is in full
swing everywhere around us.
He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
Non-stop activity fills the countryside with reminders
that the Lord is our provider and without His activity there
would be no life whatsoever on this planet we call home. The
smell this morning of the hay they are mowing in the fields
across the road is wonderful—I wish I could send some along as an
attachment! Delicate scents of wildflowers and vines
and flowering trees along the lanes are lovely indeed. And...
there are other farmland fragrances best left unmentioned.
We have had some amazing weather in recent weeks
with stunning skies and clouds, making it nearly impossible to
stay at home when free moments present themselves. Temperatures
are still a bit chilly for this season, but that doesn't hold us
back. We are truly blessed to have so much beauty close by us.
Anywhere we walk or drive, our admiration for God's
handiwork carries with it the longing in our hearts for people to
acknowledge Him as creator and saviour, and embrace the gift of
eternal life in Jesus. The constant theme is stated clearly in in
2 Peter 3:9 that God "... is not wanting
anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
That is one of the layers of the bedrock and foundation of our
prayers for revival.
In part by our sharing about the baptism at the
members meeting a few weeks ago, once again I've found myself
motivated to start cleaning up the baptistry. It has been nearly
three years since I did it the last time, and everything was
wildly overgrown. Add to that the several seasons' worth of fallen
leaves and dead branches, and moreso as a result of recent wind
storms and ash dieback disease that is wreaking havoc among the U.K.'s native
ash species, there is plenty to do.
Having grown up in Maryland farmland with our
springhouse on the hillside across Winters Run that needed
cleaning out every few years, I am quite enjoying myself. The inch
or two of debris and mud had become home to a few frogs that I've
put into the little stream flowing beside the baptistry, and the
centuries-old cast iron fence hasn't been painted for a few
decades so that seems to be on the list as well.
Another thing that has "spoken" to me is the source
of the water here. It comes through underground channels from the
fields above the chapel, and mostly comes from the ivy-covered
stone wall at the back of the little glen. But now some of it has
shifted around to the left where I've cut down the tall weeds, so
I will have do something to steer it back around towards the
collecting tank at the foot of the wall which feeds the baptistry.
It makes a good picture of how we invest our time
with the Lord. It is obviously important to have a daily routine
established, but we can't just do the same thing year in and year
out or it easily becomes just a habit but doesn't really touch our
heart and nourish our spirit. We have to dig and explore a little
to find that newness of His presence that awaits us morning by
morning. God is the author of creativity and is not static in His
relationship with us. I love the words of Solomon in Proverbs
25:2, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to
search it out." I think He delights in our searching and
His being "found!"
And there is even more delight in His heart when a non-believer "comes to repentance" and is found by Him!
May the Lord bless you as we press in together for the coming
Dick & Gladys
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