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Lockdown Day 26 Free

This morning I opened a forwarded message informing me that Joy Magazine was making their January issue free online. Last week my son in Russia sent me a link to a free YouTube premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” We watched it on Friday evening – but not before we forwarded the link to many people on our WhatsApp groups. My husband has forwarded the message about the Joy Magazine to three of his groups and several of his friends and acquaintances.

Don’t we all love something free? And don’t we all love sharing the good news about the freebie to our friends?

It is strange, therefore, that many Christians, me included, find it so difficult to tell other people about God’s free gift of Salvation. When I was at University, the Christian group I had joined was very strong on witnessing. I tried. I am an introvert and a bit socially challenged so I found it a great strain. I visited girls in my Res and tried to get the conversation around to church or Christianity with absolutely no success. I was so stressed that I decided if that was Christianity, I wanted no part in it. For many years I lived my life knowing that God existed, that Christ had died but that I’d told Him to stay out of my life. I clung to a thin thread of hope that if I died, God would give me at least a minute to repent and come back to Him.

I think I got the whole concept wrong. I think we should be so excited about the Good News and the free gift of God that we would naturally share it without all the strain and stress that I experienced.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 New Living Translation)

My prayer for today is that I might get so excited about what God has done for me that it would bubble out like shaken champagne, affecting my life in such a way that others might know about it without my having to stress about sharing the Good News.

Image by Myriam Zilles from Pixabay

Leafless trees

My gym is in a small shopping centre in Boskruin. Besides the gym, there is a maths/science tutoring centre, a nail salon, a karate supplies shop, recently a little coffee shop and pharmacy. These form one side of a square around a little children’s playground and some concrete tables and benches.

The tutoring centre allows me a quiet space and a desk where I write for three hours after gym. Halfway through, I take a break and sit on one of the concrete benches in the shade with my instant cappuccino. That is, I did until last week.

Last Monday I saw that somebody had cut the trees, removing almost all the branches and taking away any shade over the benches.

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Now I can’t sit there anymore. It’s just too hot in the searing South African sunshine. Instead I have to drink my cappuccino at the desk which is not the same at all. I realised the importance of shade, of shadow.

This morning I read Psalm 91.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (1).

What a beautiful picture this invokes of resting in God’s shade.

The Psalm ends just as encouragingly.

Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him, I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (14-16)

I would much rather choose the shade of God’s love and protection than the harsh, unfeeling forces of the world around me.