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Are you busy?

It seemed like a simple question, and yet I was frozen on the spot…how could I answer? It wasn’t the kind of enquiry which might result in a request of some sort, but rather an extension of “how are you?”


Thoughts came crashing all around me like a huge wave…am I busy enough? Or am I perhaps too busy?


“Busy” can be like a badge of honour in our society – the busier we are, the more valid our existence. 


In contrast to that idea, I aim to give the impression of having as little going on as possible – not out of laziness, but rather to be open and available to those who need. 


It can be so hard to keep grounded, remain focused on being present, when there is a reason to daydream and to keep your head in the clouds (to a point)…


…to notice in a new way, or to see through God’s lens.


How can I possibly measure a ‘heaven focus’ with a gauge of this world?


This simple question whirled around in my head, as I tried desperately to feel my way to the truth and find a sense of peace. 


A light had been shone on my need to reconnect  with God who calls me to minister amongst the people, day after day, and to find my peace there. 


As I walked out into the city the next day, on my day off, I ways struck by this street art, which for me depicted the hands of God breaking through, drawing me to rest. Busyness is such a complex concept – but do we dare to not seek it?

New neighbourhood 

#679 #gettingtoknowtheneighborhood #calmafterthestorm 

Peace and calm

#571 #lazyday exploring and came across this lovely #harbour, a symbol of #rest #calmbeforethestorm as well as #potential #newbeginningsahead 

Air in your tyres

#473 Today I #pray for the woman who I met at the fuel station struggling to put air into her tyres. #Forgive me for my initial frustration, and thank you for opening my eyes to her tears and need. I wonder whether her anguish may have been caused by a recent #bereavement, perhaps of someone who used to do this for her. I pray for calm and peace in her panicked heart, I pray that she safely reached her destination. May she feel cared for and reassured. I also pray for men and women who have lost their partners in life as they struggle to learn to do things for themselves. Father guide them and protect them and grant them your peace. Amen.

Peace in chaos

#357 As we walked through a busy city park the other day, we were really surprised to see these beautiful #deer basking in the shade, seemingly protected from the crowds by a slight hill. I was amazed at how peaceful they looked…if only I could be that peaceful amidst crowds of people, and pressure to get things done and move on! #findpeaceinthemidstofchaos

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