October 9th – Debbie Bloomfield

Dear Friends

Listening Prayers at 9am on Wednesday mornings are a treat. A group of us sit and pray with a Bible passage and listen to what God wants to say to us. As someone who finds it hard to just be still, this opportunity is amazing and, if you’re anything like me, I can’t recommend the time highly enough.

At the end of this week’s session, as we shared what God had shown us, I felt God’s gentle blessing and he gave me a picture that I am finding really encouraging and challenging.

The picture is of a continuous shower of sweets bursting out from the pulpit over the entire church. The shower doesn’t stop and the congregation are inundated with treats!

I felt that God was giving encouragement to our preachers who week by week share what God’s word says to us. What a blessing!

But as I sat with this picture I felt a distinct message that we must unwrap the sweets.

I love sweets! And it’s not often that I need a prompt to get the wrapper off and get eating, but I wonder whether I’m always so anxious to unwrap and explore what God is saying to me.

The thing is our God is a passionate, generous God who lavishes us his love on us and delights in us. In Ephesians chapter 3 Paul prays that the Ephesians: “…may have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

But how will we ever even begin to understand if we don’t explore it? How will we know what the sweet tastes like if we don’t take off the wrapper?

So I feel challenged to get ‘unwrapping’ God’s love for me in whatever way he leads, whether through prayer, Bible study, showing his love to those around me. And I know that, as I explore this amazing love, God will shower me with his blessings:

Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

(Psalm 34v8)

With love – sweetsDebbie