Equinox, Shifts & Blessings

It is less than two weeks since the Autumn Equinox a time which I normally love as we begin that change from Summer into Autumn. But this year we have been plunged straight into Autumn, infact it has felt almost like winter. There has been a sudden and large drop in temperature along with the usual gales and unsettled spell of weather.

The Equinox has been pivotal changing Summer to Autumn/Winter and sometimes life is like that too, there is a pivotal shift in our circumstances or even just within ourselves, a shift in our thinking which changes the direction we were going in. Sometimes we can pinpoint when that shift took place, sometimes it is more subtle and almost sneaks up on us.

Last year we celebrated our 25th Wedding anniversary during Lockdown, but as I meditated on this milestone I realised that a shift had taken place within our marriage from a place of brokenness God brought healing, from desperation to blessing. A definite shift.

Indeed God gave two promises last year that He would “restore the years that the locusts had eaten” and that ‘the latter glory would be greater than the former “. As we approach this year’s anniversary I see the fulfilment of God’s promise to us and the blessings we have had this past year and the huge, huge blessing of gifts friends and family have given to us in the form of dinners out, hotels to stay in, times away.

So it is with thanksgiving in our hearts that we approach another anniversary and celebrate God’s deliverance and blessing on our lives. We will praise the Name of the Lord who has dealt wondrously with us, who has brought about that restoration, that shift within us.

2020 Reflections

Hard!  Hard!  Hard!

Those are the words which stand out for me from this year.

Hard being locked-down; hard facing sorrow and suffering;  hard coping with loneliness and separation from loved ones; hard navigating our way round all that the year has brought!  Just hard!

And yet ..

And yet, I do want to finish off the year with thanksgiving, for through it all God has been there.  If ever we have needed a steadfast, strong, reliable God it has been this year and His faithfulness has remained.

So through the hard, God has been in control; through the hard God has remained faithful;  Through the hard God has still blessed, still provided, still looked upon us and has brought us through and so I give thanks.

Psalm 65, verse 11 says:

You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
    even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

Through the hard our pathways still overflow with abundance, our pathways have still been overseen by God in His kindness and goodness, He has not entirely wiped us out, He has still blessed.

Through the hard we have had to seek God harder in ways perhaps we haven’t done before, we have had to press in harder, pray harder and read our bibles harder, but those things have reaped for us a spiritual blessing and this is why at the end of this hard year we can return thanks to God and acknowledge that He has ‘crowned the year with a bountiful harvest’. 

So through the hard I will give thanks; through the storm I’ll praise His Name!

[Sharing this post I wrote for my Church’s Facebook Post]