After the walk to Weymouth it was rather nice to meet my beautiful wife Nicola and young handsome son Lisle at the swimming pool where a little more exercise took place. A combination of the walk and the swimming meant I did not feel in the least bit guilty at having the Mr Whippy Ice Cream on Weymouth Sea Front. After all ice cream is one of God's greatest creations, so every opportunity should be taken to savour one. After the swimming pool the three of us had a picnic lunch at Sandsfoot Castle (which I had stopped by on the way into Weymouth as well). There is not much left of what was a fairly small castle to start with, but you get the bonus of a beautiful view of Portland from Sandsfoot Castle - see
|Me in front of Sandsfoot Castle|
|Nicola in front of Sandsfoot Castle|
Yesterday saw good friends Conrad and Sonia arrive for a few days break. We were at theological college together in Edgbaston. Those days seem far away in one sense and like only yesterday in another. Life does rush by. I find myself dwelling on that more often nowadays. So many things that seem worth trying or doing for God and his Kingdom, and so little time to do it all :-).
Don't waste your life.
While I am walking between Portland and Weymouth and while I am swimming up and down the swimming pool I am tempted to think of that phrase that many of us hear on journeys - "Are we there yet?". Well eventually I reach my target with the walk and the swimming and I am there. Hooray!! It's not quite the same with life though, or faith. Am I there yet? No. Methinks there is some way to go. The Jesus who calls us to himself also sends us into the world to travel pathways he directs us onto. Sometimes the weather is sunny and sometimes rainy. There are things to do along the way -mission, ministry, work, leisure. And on that journey there might be laughter or tears or rugged determination or a sense of helplessness and an inability to go on. But the great thing about the journey is that we do not have to travel alone. Jesus will walk with us.
Are we there yet? Maybe not, but he will get us there in the end. And even the journey itself could be quite interesting :-).