Monthly Archives: September 2003

Purr-puss in life

One day, at a time where I was feeling a little fretful, I sat praying. As I prayed, everything that was worrying me was stirred up in my mind, rather like a pond when you disturb it. Everything was as clear as mud.

My day to day existence had, at that time, become as fretful as my prayer life. I was trying to fit too much in, with too little time. Even when I was allowing myself to rest, it was not proper relaxation. I would still be thinking that I had no right to stop, that I should be ‘doing something.’ Sound familiar?

Our cat was sat on my lap at the time. I was stroking her and she was purring in a hearty and contented manner. It occurred to me that life would be a whole lot simpler if I were a domestic moggy. The thought that followed that was slightly more profound, as Mitsy (the cat) is looked after, how much more are God’s children. A kind of slant on the ‘Do Not Worry’passage of Matthew 6 vv 25 – 34.

"Look at the cats of the homes; they do not hunt or catch prey (often!), and yet their owners feed them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6 v 26

So, the moral of this story is that, sometimes, God just wants us to sit on his lap and be stroked…honest! He gains pleasure from our contentment and rest, as the owner of a cat enjoys the purr of their puss.

Alcohol Abuse

Whilst in a local cafe a few months ago, I witnessed a conflict. On the table in front of me were a glass of wine and a can of lager (which I will permit to wear the label "beer" for the purpose of this illustration, as a bitter drinker I would hesitate to do so under normal circusmstances). As I watched, the wine in the glass insulted the beer,

"You are a stupid drink," it sneered, "You think you look so clever, there in your can, but I know you are just an idiotic form of alcohol."

The beer in the can responded to these jibes in the only way it knew.

"Stitch that!" it cried as it head-butted the wine glass (yes, I know a beer can has no head [a good pint will tho] just use your imagination here a little, will you?!).

You may think that the purpose of this illustratiion is a lesson in not mixing grape and grain. Whilst this is good advice, and drinking only a little so as to avoid a throbbing head completely is even better, it is not my primary purpose. My intention is to prove once again that the Bibles words are true. In the words of Proverbs 20 v 1a – "Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler."

May this thought enlighten your mind and brighten your day.

A lamp to my feet and a light to my path

Greenbelt has come and gone but I still have abiding memories of this, my first taste of the festival. One such memory is the game known as "Hunt the Tent". I experienced this in daylight on a personal level: keep the grandstand behind your left shoulder, turn after the inflatable Fair Trade banana and look out for the wibsite gazebo. This is challenging enough, but it was overhearing players of the nocturnal version (also known as "Advanced Hunt the Tent")that gave me the inspiration for this entry.

Isnt life rather like hunting for your tent in the dark? By this I do not mean that our existence consists of going in circles, attempting to avoid pitfalls, arguing with our companions as to where we should be going and whose fault it is that we went wrong in the first place (although that may not be too far from the truth!) The point I am making is that we need light in the darkness. Locating our tent, a metaphor for reaching lifes goals, is much easier when we have remembered our torch. Concurrently, the Word of God should be a light in the difficult process of daily living, to be remembered and used.

Perhaps players of "AHtT" do not need a torch after all, maybe the illumination provided by Scripture would be enough to shine the way. Then again….

Introduction

Thank you for choosing Ditherings as your daily-ish devotional guide. This collection of inspirational thoughts is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart (or maybe that’s just wind?)

The intention of this meditative blog is to open your eyes to perceive the Word of God in a way you would never have imagined possible. We hope that you, and many others, will be led to see the hand of the Lord, and maybe His foot, nose and left earlobe too, in the imagery provided by mundane day-to-day occurrences. His fingerprints are present in such situations as hunting for your tent at Greenbelt, witnessing a disagreement between beverages(!) and stroking a cat. This guide provides the aluminium dusting powder required to reveal such prints.

‘Is such insight possible?’ we hear you ask. Indeed it is for, remember, with God all things are possible. Watch this space for confirmation…