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Lockdown Day 19 Birthday Picnic

Today was the long-awaited birthday. There was much present opening and celebration. The children have been sleeping in the art studio in their tents and a special breakfast was brought to the birthday-girl’s tent.

At 10.30 we all had tea and cake. The cake was an experimental one that my oldest granddaughter and I adapted from a quick-mix chocolate cake. Instead of adding cocoa, we added food colouring to different batches of batter then spooned in the different colours in a random order to make a marble cake. It was not quite how Granny would have made it but it was proclaimed a success.

More celebration at 12.30 with a birthday picnic with the bunnies. Recently the bunny pair had (another) litter of babies and they are now at the very cute stage. They are let out onto the grass in a mobile enclosure and then put back in the hutch overnight and when they are not supervised. (We have owls in the neighborhood.)

Special treats were crisps and coke-floats! This will be a picnic to remember!

There was another picnic that nobody will ever forget – when Jesus fed over 5 000 people with only five loaves and two fish. (Matthew 14:13-21)

The situation was dire. Time was running out and there were no resources. Philip estimated that it would take six month’s wages to buy enough bread to give everyone just a little bit. (John 6:7 NRSV) The disciples were anxious and fearful. People were looking to them to provide for their needs.

The situation we are in at the moment is dire. Because of the lockdown, businesses have not been able to generate any income. Time is running out and employees haven’t been paid. They are looking to their employers to provide for them but the necessary resources just aren’t there.

Jesus has not changed. He is still the God who provides, Jehovah-Jireh. Let us look to Him and trust Him, no matter how absent our resources seem.

Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV))

“Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations…” (Psalm 119:89-90 NIV)

Lockdown Day 18 Birthday Preparations

Tomorrow is my granddaughter’s sixth birthday. Being in lockdown, we can’t have a party, we can’t buy balloons and it’s going to be a very different birthday for her. However, we are all going to make the day as festive as we can.

Her ten-year-old sister has been working on a pretty dress for her for four weeks, coming over to Granny’s house twice or three times a week to use the sewing machine. She finished it today.

My daughter is planning a picnic lunch and the other children are going to be wrapping surprises. Everybody is expressing their love by thinking of different things that will make the day special for the birthday girl.

If we, being evil, know how to prepare a special day for a six-year-old, how much more love will Jesus put into preparing a place for us in His Father’s house. He knows what we like, He knows what makes us happy and He knows what we need.

He promises, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”(John 14:2 New King James Version)

Our Father loves us so much more than we love our children or grandchildren. He loves us more than we are capable of understanding. Let us rest in His love, and trust his promises.