Down, but not out!


Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

                                                       Colossians 2:7



Below is a link to a story about an ancient oak in Richmond Park. Blown over in the gales of 1987 with only a few roots left in the earth it has regrown into a magnificent tree despite it still lying on its side. One of my friends felt this was a word for us as a church that if we have deep roots in the Lord new life and growth will sprout from the old and fallen and grow into something magnificent. This is not the time to look back, the past has gone but out of the old will grow the new. It will be of a different shape and form and not what we envisage and it will be for everyone, both young and old.

Last month I wrote of this being my personal Jubilee year, and my expectancy of the Lord doing great things, as He is the God who makes the impossible, possible. With a small breast cancer lump found in November I wasn’t down, but up, awaiting to see what He would do.  However, by 4th February I had what was a small op to remove that and my Sentinel node which has begun a nightmare experience of discomfort and pain.  I am continually asking the Lord what can I learn from this: compassion for others suffering came to mind, and to believe, in my weakness He will be my strength, and ‘after you have suffered a little while, He will himself restore you…’ 1 Peter 5:10.  I will walk in thanksgiving, taking that promise, and in Him He brings all things together for good. 

Whatever our experiences, learning, understanding and including pain how the Lord who loves us will always meet us in our place of need. And so yes, I’m at present physically knocked, down, but I am not out.  And,I'm expectant that my sustaining faith will sprout and grow into something magnificent that comes through my books fictional characters to bring physical, mental and spiritual health and healing to my readers.

UPDATE: Adrian who lives us in praying for me went into to hilarious laughter. I hadn’t realised I was tense until I felt myself relax.  From that moment have felt the pain gradually dissipating from my body, to just one arm movement, which is nothing like the original intensity.  Adrian said when that happens  he senses God is laughing at the enemy’s wiles, and they have to flee, so be it Lord.     

REQUEST: With the Friday of the WOW weekend declared a Bank Holiday would love to go, but need a lift - is driving along M4/M5 corridor and could pick me up at that motorway interchange?

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