It was about a man asking God for some sense of meaning in his life.
He thought and prayed about it
Until one day he was in the kitchen,
And he heard God say
"What have you got in your hands?"
He looked down
And there in his hand was a potato.
His first thoughts were quite limited.
What can I do with a potato?
Peelings in the garden
And so he went on
legend has it
he wrote a book entitled
'101 uses of a potato.'
The beauty of sermon illustrations
is we never let the whole truth get in the way of a good story...
Of course we would never wilfully lie...
Lent has been a bit like that for me so far.
You may remember a decision I made on Shrove Tuesday,
that every day of Lent I would de-clutter something
You can read about it here
And the exercise has led me to keep on considering the question
What have you got in your hands?
What has God given me that I don't use?
It's brought me to the food-stuffs that inhabit the depths of my freezer
And dwell at the back of my kitchen cupboards.
The toiletries I stock-pile and keep for a special occasion that often doesn't arrive.
The books I haven't read.
The 'stuff' I buy on impulse.
And I've found myself taking time every day to just
|Virginia Water Spring 2014|
Seeing my life with fresh eyes
And a different perspective
can only be a good thing as far as I can see.
|An English Springtime|
Every day has brought something new.
A realisation that God is in this life I live.
Every little detail.
I have a veritable treasure-trove at my disposal.
And just as a postscript.
This is my 100th post on this blog.
With every post I've shared something of my story and God's.
And how they intertwine.
'My life is hidden with Christ in God.'
I had no inkling of what that meant when I started.
Now I know.
How I know...
Have all shown me that
'Earth is crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God
But only he who sees takes off his shoes...'
|Reigate Hill, Surrey, February 2014|
Looking forward to continuing the journey with you
My fellow 'seer'
My fellow 'shoe-remover'