Apologies for lack of interesting posting this week. I've been occupied. Not busy, for busy suggests rush, haste, stress and panic; simply a lot of appointments. For the most part the appointments were positive experiences.
One day of meetings at Diocesan headquarters verged on the edge of dullness but here I record my, by now getting on for lifelong, gratitude to a former secretary of the Diocese of Durham who introduced me to the idea of taking to meetings some other problem you wanted to solve which you could dip into when the meeting didn't concern you. I am grateful for two reasons. Firstly because the problem he took with him that day was my personal finances, which he fixed; secondly because, ever since, I have copied his habit and start any meeting by drawing a line down the edge of a piece of A4 and allocating the new margin to the problem I need to solve.
One presentation I listened to was about how to do church in a rural village setting. It consisted largely of a rant about how difficult it was to do church in such a context. Although I applaud the chutzpah of someone who leads a training session on a subject by saying, 'This is impossible,' it did get me thinking about what resources a country parson might have that equipped him or her to do stuff.
Our presenter suggested he was going to take some time out in the near future to assess what he wanted to achieve in the future. I dared to suggest (because I know nothing about rural ministry) that a second list might be helpful headed, 'What resources have I got?'
In Exodus 3 and 4 God interviews Moses for a job. One of God's questions, in response to Moses, not unintelligent, 'What if people won't listen to me?' hesitation, is to ask Moses, 'What is that in your hand?'
'A stick' says Moses.
God then turns the stick into a snake (don't try this at home children you'll look stupid).
If you have resources that God can use in your ministry or mission then make sure you make them available to him.
A good Bible study on Exodus 3 and 4 is to list Moses five great questions and God's five great answers.
By the way new readers, don't look for 'How to do stuff 1 - 781.' The numbering system doesn't follow that pattern. It simply indicates that I've posted on this before and will do so again but have no intention of checking how many times.