Dear Minster and friends;
There is a world of difference between ‘being near someone’ and ‘having someone speak to you’.
Once, when my 13 year old twins were incredibly young, perhaps 8 weeks old, we were invited to a private view of an art exhibition. We arrived mid-afternoon – and who was there – but the Queen. I had seen her from a distance before, but this time she came over and spoke to Amy and I, and asked about our baby boys. It was a totally different experience – quite overwhelming.
For us, as Christians, there is a world of difference between hearing that there is a God, and actually hearing from God. For the prophet Ezekiel – it was described as sweet like honey:
The Voice said to me “Son of Man, eat what I am giving you – eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.”
As an enormous fan of honey, and having tasted some from the Stampwell bee hives this week, this scripture sat with me all week.
We should not miss out on the chance to taste something beautiful and sweet – God speaking to us, as we read the scriptures daily, and also hear from him in our prayer. Even if you only have 5 minutes – read a small portion before you get up in the morning and head in the whirl of the day, and chew on it – you might find it is sweet for you also.
With much love,