Friday, 30 October 2015

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs suck the sap out of citrus trees, 
If they multiply too much the tree may die.

I picked off at least 50 the other day. 
The problem is there are heaps on a tree next door 
& even when I clear out tree they fly over to ours. 
But it was nice being in the garden
 walking around the trees checking stuff 
out in the late afternoon.


Room service

Casual cleaning every now & then has become a part of my work culture after my usual deliveries. I think the pre-employment physical/medical was in honour of Rocky Balboa or the French Foreign Legion but I made it, who would of thought vacuuming & emptying bins & occasionally mastering a mop & bucket  would require the strength of an ox & marathon stamina, but there you have it, a cleaning concord & yes it is tiring & physical work.

So it’s out into the wastelands I tread, broken pens & pencils & pea shooter casings, the aroma of food scraps & dastardly metallic objects that cling to the carpet…staples & broken paper clips bite into the fabric like chewing gum woven into a fleece. In the playground black shiny crows are more daring now, the children have left & the crows are free to roam. The doves too enjoy their pickings as lost property sits silently in a ghost town setting as the breeze gently moves the dust & leaves & canteen or lunch box remnants.

The clock ticks on, the vacuum hums, it almost screams. Especially when I roll it on a corner then it sits in silence when the cord disengages from the socket. If there is anything different about this school it’s the books…Bibles in every room almost, no religious images as such although the occasional Bible verse is posted on a wall. The cleaning team also begin their shift with a prayer, acknowledging the creator God at work in this learning but not always perceptive world. 


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Plants, vines, bottles & cans

I am not a big drinker of alcohol but do enjoy a glass of beer or wine every now & then. While on my delivery rounds during the day it’s not unusual to see someone walking along with a bottle of alcohol wrapped up in a brown paper bag or a shopping trolley with remnants of a can of spirits or amber liquid near the taxi rank near three bottle shops at the local shopping centre.

Drinking can be relaxing & enjoyable as much as destructive & stuporous.
 “Oh, I love my Rosie child —You got the way to make me happy. You and me, we go in style ... Cracklin' Rose, you're a store bought woman You make me sing like a guitar hummin” (Neil Diamond) or chords that don’t blend with strings missing.

The Bible reveals wisdom when it comes to daily life as much as salvation for souls. Many need this wisdom today just as much as the past, if not more as the world seeks pleasure to cope with the pain in search of happiness. And it’s not just the drinkers but the non- drinkers also.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Fire & Rain

The rain is steadily pouring down at the moment, it has been since yesterday evenings thunder storms pretty much. This comes after two days of very hot & dry weather & is most enjoyable to the senses…God is good.Job 28:1-28.

The created order has so much to marvel at & there are moments when we get to soak much of it in. Amazing wisdom & not a freakish occurrence, which is what modern (materialistic) science builds its ideas on. The alleged Big bang & all that, non-living matter transforming into living matter & apparently needing water for that process hence all the academic banter about mars etc…but that idea needs some work if the truth be told.

Meanwhile the media inflate the evolutionary dogma story, keeping it apparently afloat & buoyant. Sure, there is a lot of consensus out there if you’re into consensusism & mathematical democratic interpretation but that isn’t necessarily truth or science is it. Modern (atheistic) science has its own holy trinity of earthly origins, by nature alone through science alone in consensus alone or something like that.

And what of space & panspermia...the same problems remain.


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Unearthing God

I have become more like a tractor & less like a car as I am getting older. My gearing & pace have changed & I can handle some of the rough stuff a bit better. But I still need maintenance, care & rest & that comes in the form of my family, friends & church which is God’s physical or visible testimony of how He transforms lives & upholds truth in a world that is on a path of desolation & destruction.

The Bible teaches that the church will have hypocrisy in varying degrees at times but God is bigger than all of it. Not big like Goliath who depended on his might & power. God is big in wisdom & humility & skill...There is nothing that is outside of His domain, he made it, after all. Supernatural brings forth nature & humanity.

God's gearing & pace is different again, as King of the Ages his earth is being ploughed & seed being sown across vast amounts of time & nations, life is not a mystery to be discovered all on our own but a path to be taken with another in fellowship & that connection finds it ultimate in God. From Him all blessings flow & find their true purpose. We do our bit, God does His. It’s a combination. 
Acts 17:16-34.

God provides...
Traction for a slippery & bumpy world
 with a destination out of this world.
John 1:1-14.


Saturday, 10 October 2015

A Time for Narnia

It’s just been so busy for me lately. Time & I are in a race & I am scrambling to keep up. If only I had a wardrobe. Thank the Lord for the night time & some helpful & encouraging people & Sunday worship Sunday.

On a more artistic note I have been involved in a school musical, making a nice prop(Lucy's bow) & doing last minute stuff but also videoing the event which was presented over the last 4 days, incredible talent from so many young people & teachers & helpers.

Narnia the musical is copyrighted so I can’t reproduce the video publically but there are plenty of photo’s in circulation. The songs are still spinning around in my head like a mirror ball.

Act 1

Act 2

Covered in the local press.

Something I found on the net 


Friday, 2 October 2015

Word beneath our Wings

How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Psalm 84:1-3.

Enclosed church buildings with a bit of age would more than likely experience pigeon’s that poo than swallows nesting where I live. We do get dive bombing plovers that nest in the church yard & for some reason some wood ducks like to poo on the concrete pathway, so feathered creatures are not so highly esteemed by those entrusted with church maintenance. But here you have it in the inspired words of the Psalmist, a small swallow makes its home near God who really does care about the little things as much as the big. Swallow 1 vs Church Committee 0.

Yes, God is everywhere all of the time but Christians are not, & we too are purpose built & purpose called to live in community & family. In Christ we are set free to enjoy our redeemer & maker for all eternity…free as the birds, free to love & serve God growing in the fulness of His Word.

Home made video of swallows: