Art work which came out of a meditation on John 17:20-26
You cannot re-clutter a house in one week! Ours would take months. If it was just me I could do it in a few days but there are four of us living in this house and I’m the only female!
Still, I did, over two days, clear out the bottom double cupboard and the three drawers in the kitchen that have been on my to-do list for over a year! It all looks neat and tidy. I did throw a few items away (though hubby may have rescued some and I may well yet find them elsewhere) and I’m pleased it’s done. I am not sure what this really has to do with living simply but it made me feel good!
However, living simply is something I aspire to and is a life choice. We don’t own a car although I do drive. I used to share my dad’s when I lived at home and borrowed it a few times when the kids were young. But when he was too ill to drive he offered it to me but I turned it down because it needed lots of work and I really don’t enjoy driving that much anywhere – I find it very stressful. I don’t miss having a car because I love travelling by train and bus. We are lucky to be close to good transport links which are regular (mostly!) and frequent. I certainly don’t miss the cost of running one and if we did I’d probably have to get paid employment to afford it. We only bought a microwave three years ago and I have to say that has been useful since one of my sons has been at University but still living at home. He comes home all hours and rarely eats with us so it has been worthwhile buying just for him.
I find it interesting when I go shopping with friends. One friend is much like me we both shop in the same chain-stores. Another friend takes me places I’ve never been before like White Stuff and Gap and she spends far more on clothes than me. Some shops I avoid because of the ethics (the Bangladesh tragedy springs to mind) and that goes for toiletries/cosmetics – I only buy them if they have not been tested on animals. We have choices to opt out of those things that don’t sit well with us. Everyone will be different and have slightly different values. I can’t say these are based on my faith because these values were there long before I became a Christian. These things just always mattered to me. This earth and all that lives on it has a right to a decent life and not be exploited by others, whether they are human beings or animals. Fairtrade is also important to me.
Anyway I am about to move on to the second week of this Simplicity chapter of God Hunting and will report back next week. Meanwhile I wanted to share something with you which came out of a meditation – a conversation. Now because I am a ‘doubting Thomas’ most of the time and I’m sure God must lose his patience with me, I don’t know who’s voice this is but even so this is basically how it went (notes written quickly afterwards):
Concentrating on a door I described it and as I entered God asked two questions (these were stated from the book – the rest is what happened) What are you searching for? What do you want? I replied ‘reassurance as to who you are, that you exist, that it is all worth it, that there’s a purpose’.
You are talking about signs?
I suppose so (me)
How many do you need?
Ah! you are talking about that one when my dad died. I know I’m like all those doubters in the Bible. Coincidences, that sort of thing.
It is not all about you!
But I help people too in various ways, charity, service.
They are already saved.
But they still need help from other people. You created people.
No, they created themselves. I gave them freewill. I can guide them but not everyone wants to listen. They want to do it alone so often it goes wrong.
This is just me talking to me isn’t it?
Because it’s not logical? You don’t think this is real?
Oh! you are real alright .
You’ve answered your own question!
I think I’ll go now.
Do come again.
I might do.
Was it me having a two-way conversation with myself. Or was it God? I certainly didn’t think about the questions or answers. I didn ‘t ponder, this was rapid fire stuff. I quite enjoyed it too!