It’s June, flaming June, the sun beats down upon the green slopes of Maiden Castle in Dorset, and a young boy chases up and down swinging his net wildly at butterflies. These tiny beautiful flying jewels have captivated his heart and he is desperate to catch one, to see it up close, to examine its delicate wings. Blues, browns, whites flit and float and eventually this boy triumphantly holds a Meadow Brown in his clammy fingers.
Fast forward 40 years to another hot June day, and this now man sits on another hill, Collard Hill, and patiently waits for one of Britain’s rarest butterflies to join him for lunch. He is not disappointed. After a few minutes flopping lazily among the thyme a large blue lands upon a nearby flower and I slowly approach and marvel at this winged miracle.
As we begin 2018 I am aware how swift these precious, beautiful years fly past. So many opportunities exist to visit, spot, entertain, marvel and enjoy. We can rush into a year swinging wildly at this conference, that holiday, this experience or that show. We are surrounded by beauty, by new experiences and in wanting to catch them all we can miss the deeper joy of encounter moment that comes only in resting.
“He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2.
Stop, pray, thank God for this day, this New Year, and ask Him to open your eyes to the beauty that is all around you. See it in a sunset, hear it in the heart beat of a loved one, feel it in the touch of a child or grandchild. Catch these precious moments by sitting and waiting expectantly.
A great opportunity to catch those rare moments, to sit to get a bigger view of God and the plan he has for your life is our Commission Students and Thirties (CST) event. I believe that CST is a must for all those in their 20s and 30s, J.John is a magnificent speaker and I know this day will be life changing.
I am also really looking forward to Westpoint as this year we look at the kingdom and ask God for His kingdom to come, to see more of His power and glory in our day.
Heather and I wish you a happy and very blessed new year.
For more information about our Comission Students and Thirties event please click here.