|Sessile Earthstar, Geastrum fimbriatum|
Had they been kidnapped by aliens? In the meantime, I thought, well, as I have no meal to get, I had better get myself out on the preaching work. I have been trying to find a young borne-again girl we had a great talk with. I have tried, but not found her at home. Plus there are still some magazine route calls for November to do. So after a quick lunch (bean and celeriac salad) I set off nervously. She lives in an area that I find difficult to drive to.
When I got back I did manage to contact the Captain, and he had found his earthstar! On hearing of my heroic solo drive, over two rather large roundabouts, he suggested that I write one of the adventure books I am so keen on reading. "I drove to Angmering!!" Is there a Hollywood blockbuster in this?
The talk yesterday was to remind us how vital it is that we really are making Jehovah our refuge. And it started with a vivid illustration. It was of a man swept away by a powerful river. He finds a rock jutting out of the river, manages to grab it, and angle himself on it so that it protects him from the strong current.
A few metres downstream is the Niagara Falls!
So, how desperately would you cling to that rock in those circumstances.
As I said, it was a vivid illustration. Shudder.
He then asked us to read and think about these two Bible verses.
Firstly, 2 Samuel 22:3, which says: "My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and my horn of salvation, my secure refuge And my place to flee, my savior; you who save me from violence."
Jehovah is our rock. Are we clinging to Him - and to no-one or nothing else? Some people cling to money, to political power, or maybe put their faith in the right career, or a brilliant education. But what is going to happen? Are they rocks we can safely cling to?
We then read Nahum 1:6, which says: "Who can stand before his indignation? And who can withstand the heat of his anger? His wrath will be poured out like fire, And the rocks will be shattered because of him."
All the rocks will be shattered. They will prove to be false gods. We need to cling to Jehovah the true God, to give him exclusive devotion. And the talk was how we can do this, in all the areas of our life.
Jackie came to supper on Saturday. And I did cook this time - not Cooks. Cottage pie, cauliflower cheese and carrots, followed by apple-crumble and a cheeseboard.
The leftovers took care of supper yesterday and will do for supper tonight. It all turned out well, thank goodness, as we are still eating it.