A couple of days ago the health centre next door sent me a text with an accompanying offer.To my great horror I discovered that as a result of my age, I am now eligible to receive a free flu vaccination. If I’m honest, I’m still debating as to whether to take the offer up or not, but I can’t deny that it came as a shock to realise that in everyone else’s eyes, I am now not only grown up, but growing old!
The theme on ageing was touched upon in a conversation I shared with an (even older!) spiritual guide of mine this morning. Identifying that I was showing signs of fatigue (again a trait I reluctantly own up to, accepting that I do not possess all the energy that I once did), he asked me what I felt God’s current invitation was to me. Usually I find those sort of questions quite difficult to respond to, but the words ”it’s OK to rest once in a while” came to me. Imagine then my surprise as when scanning through the set readings for the church today in the hope of inspiration for these musings, I came across these verses from Matthew 11;
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Yes God – you have my attention, was my first thought, together with awe as to how in my experience, He goes out of His way to ensure that we are able to hear Him when it’s necessary. And, I don’t believe these words are for me alone. I’m all too aware of how wearied a number of us are; wearied both by the restrictions that we are operating under, and wearied by the energies spent in trying to overcome or work a way around them. Following the lead of God, perhaps then, we need to be first and foremost a good friend to ourselves, whilst taking heed of the various gentle invitations that God extends to each one of us individually
As we watch and we wait for (and I pray ultimately respond to) the invitation of God,
Keep safeKeep in touch
Keep the faith.