All things new..

So recently I was in Suffolk for a holiday with the camper van and of course my dearly beloved, aka husband, van driver, navigator and chef. To be fair I am really just along to enjoy the ride and provide the occasional fascinating fact hopefully about the places we visit.

We had never been to Suffolk before and on our way through we stopped off in Cambridge, that university seat of high powered learning. I hadn’t realised that some of the colleges in Cambridge were so old having been founded in the 12th century.

There have been incredible discoveries made here- Sir Isaac Newton discovering gravity (you can still see the tree that dropped the apple on his head apparently) and here the double helix of DNA was discovered just to name two.

So naturally this has prompted me to think of discovering new things. If you’ve read this blog before you’ll know I love to discover new things. That why I love reading other blogs. Learning from you all.

The Lord prompted me recently to change the bible verses on my site to the verses from Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know”.

Although the things I currently discover may be new to me but of course they are not original discoveries. Yet!!! Who knows what God has in store for me and us especially when we consider these amazing bible verses and God’s encouragement to ask Him to show us things that we do not know.

How incredible it must be to discover something completely new, to have that Eureka moment – although in this day and age I don’t recommend jumping naked out of a bath and running down the street like Archimedes did shouting Eureka or you’ll probably get arrested.

I believe the bible that says God created all things. He knows all things. He is the fount of all knowledge. I am sure that there are still many new discoveries to be made about this incredible world God has created for us and the universe around us. The natural and the spiritual realm.

I find it amazing that we humans are still discovering new species of animals, insects and plants every year. In June, Discovery magazine listed 7 new animal species discovered so far this year alone.

Scientists continually make new discoveries. You only have to google “new discoveries” and you’ll find an amazing amount of information about the most recent scientific breakthroughs.

If you are interested Time magazine has a list of the top 100 inventions in 2020 – innovations which are designed to change the way we live from a germ trapper (yuk) to a robot suit and a smart hard hat. I’m not sure if it’s the hard hat which is smart or wearing it makes you smart -if only! Some of these innovations may be for the better but some not so.

So what are you and I waiting for….let’s get out there and discover something new today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year. Let’s ask God what great and mighty things He wants to show us. Let’s discover something we didn’t know yet about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the bible, this creation, even about ourselves – for we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.

What we discover may not be an original discovery which will change the world but it will definitely change your world and my world and it could possibly change someone else’s world for good.

May you experience the joy and excitement and wonder of that precious moment of discovery and wonder of the new.

The Lord has been speaking to me recently about starting something new called “5 minutes of Wonder”. I don’t know what that looks like yet or what the Lord wants to do but I’m excited to find out. Watch this space.

Have a blessed discovery my friends.

Photo by Noble Mitchell on Unsplash

The Narrow Gate

So this week, I am blogging “en vacances” as the French say, but from the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales and not the belle France ….which is where we should be this week coming with the family. Sadly, because of Covid restrictions it was not meant to be. C’est la vie. However, new opportunities beckoned.

It’s been about a 2.5 hour trip from home to get to our new camping ground, so not far, but this is a good opportunity for us to visit some areas we have not considered previously and take our minds off France. Although Covid changed our travel plans, we are blessed in that we live in a tourist destination already. The U.K has beautiful places to visit and although the sun is not guaranteed….as we were always told as kids when sheltering on a windy cold Fife beach, “there is no bad weather wee girl, just bad clothing” 😂

If you have never been to this area of the U.K. then I recommend a visit. The Derbyshire Dales is beautiful and seems much less busy or well known than the Yorkshire Dales, but if you like limestone gorges and beautiful river valleys with babbling brooks then this is for you.

The high Peaks of the Peak District are also great for stretching those legs out, walking to Mam Tor, Kinder Scout. Not that I made it up Kinder Scout (I’m not that energetic) but Mam Tor was just perfect to get my heart pumping. I like a nice river walk me – usually flat but as my husband says, “if you want the views then you got to get up there to the heights”. I tell him “that is why they invented cable cars”.

River walk
Lathkill Gorge
View from Mam Tor

So, to get to the inspiration for this post..the narrow gate. On our first evening here, we ventured for a walk and discovered the “narrow gate”. Here it is..it was the first of many we encountered on our walks in these parts but our first experience of such a gate. As you can see the gate is made of two massive stones, positioned to enable walkers to enter the next field but not the livestock. Let others through and keep others out.

Photo taken at Youlgreave

I seriously struggled to get through it. I literally had to squeeze myself through. I know I’m carrying a few extra Covid pounds but this was ridiculous. My husband thought it was hilarious as I was trying this way and that way and eventually sideways to get through. I don’t know what was going wrong because I should have easily got through the gap. It is very narrow at the bottom and then widens out (a bit) but I seemed to approach it all wrong.

And there lies the rub…with finding and entering through the narrow gate which Jesus talks about. The gate that leads to God and eternal life. We have to approach and enter through the gate (Jesus) in the right way. We can’t take any of our selfish ambitions, pride or get through the gate by belief in our own goodness or good works. My own righteousness and good works are just filthy rags and will not do. They just get in the way and count for nothing.

The good news is that you can enter through the gate by simple faith in Jesus alone. Simple childlike faith. The gate is available to be found by everyone from every nation to find and walk through. There is an entrance fee but Jesus has already paid it for us. He died and paid the penalty for sin so the price is paid in full.

Have you found the narrow gate dear reader and entered through? Or are you approaching the gate in the wrong way and making it too difficult for yourself. Don’t let the things of this world get in the way of walking through that gate. Divest yourself of them and simply come as you are. Believe in Jesus and follow Him.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

“so he (Jesus) explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. John 10:7-18