St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 23rd October 2011
Ducks in a rowWe spend a lot of our time and energy trying to organise ourselves and our lives so that all is well and everything is in order
and we have prepared for every eventuality – trying to get all our ducks in a row. Then something comes along, knocks us for six,
and it all goes to pot. All our plans fall apart and we have to start all over again.
It is unlikely to be quite as dramatic as Galilean fishermen being called by an apparent stranger to put down their nets and “come, follow me” but it can be disruptive and causes us to have a re-think. Sometimes, as Christians, we feel this shouldn’t happen: not to us anyway – we do everything right and try to live responsibly and soberly. But it does and we shouldn’t be surprised when it does. Doesn’t the Bible say something about God causing the rain to shine on the good and the bad? Yes, it does (well, more-or-less, anyway, Matthew 5.45.)
I am saying all of this because, of course, I had one of these “course-correction” experiences last week. Not a major calamity
and certainly no personal trauma, but it is an irritation and enough to remind me that ours is a walk of faith and not of sight.
We are not promised immunity from the ups-and-downs of everyday life but we are told that we will be given the strength (and wisdom?) to deal with it. So, the next few weeks should be interesting.