(I’ll tell you about the free stuff in a minute.)
(Sure. Scroll to the end if you absolutely cannot wait.)
On Saturday I shared some truth with some wonderful women in a park in the Netherlands (in heels) (which was a mistake) with people all around us cycling, tanning in bikinis (and cycling in bikinis), and swimming in the canal. It was all a pleasure and privilege.
It took a car, a bus, a plane, my flip flops, and three trains to get me from my front door to that patch of lawn. It also took no small sum of admin, organising, planning and prep, and ensuring Murray would wake up on Father’s Day to surprise, ribbon-wrapped boerewors in the freezer.
But all those Chronos moments were featherlight and totally worth it for the weightiness of the Kairos moment beneath the trees, and journeys are a joy when you take just the essentials in a carryon.
I was reminded that any expedition is easier if you travel light. Even dreams get heavy. Luggage and baggage and hopes are best left in God’s strong arms so you can go the distance, comfortable and content.
I was reminded too that a few years ago my friend Rory prophesied that God would put me on every form of transport to bring people the hope of Jesus. I surrendered the dream – the way I’ve learned to surrender tightly-shut jam jars to Murray when I can’t open them.
I don’t strive and sweat and wrestle with the lid. I don’t smash the jar on the counter and scoop out lumps of jam from broken glass. I don’t feel defeated by the impossibility of ever smearing apricots over hot butter.
I just relinquish the jar into hands strong enough to open it, with every hope that those hands will hand it back. (Also knowing that often the hands hand back something even better. Like Nutella.)
So I want to put jam on your toast and tracks beneath your train wherever you find yourself traveling through time right now:
Whatever God is asking you to surrender, know that you never relinquish anything to Him without hope. He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.
He will possibly (probably) do it in a different way and at a different time from whatever you’ve imagined. (He might do it in a park in Europe during a heatwave.) But you can trust Him to get it right on account of Him being, you know, God.
Ok, the free stuff bit –
Part of God faithfully carrying dreams and opening jam jars in this season has been the delight of doing some work with RightNow Media. They filmed a series with me in March to be released *sooooooooon*.
In the meantime, you can sign up to RightNow Media FOR FREE (on the app or website) and get access to over 20 000 videos with accompanying study guides, from all your favourite speakers and writers.
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I’ll get in touch when my series goes live.
So grateful to share the journey with you.
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