This morning I was standing in the queue at the bank. And in front of me, there was a gothic girl. She was dressed gothic, her hair dyed black, nose ring, heavy make-up, tattoos…the whole package. I stood behind her, staring and admiring her bravery. She made a decision that she wanted to make a statement about who she is, and she is living it whole-heartedly. While this thought played in my head, God said to me that if we only make Him half a truth, we will never have the full experience! So the remaining 20 minutes in the queue I spent pondering on this, while I just couldn’t stop my fascination with the boldness of the girl in front of me.
My kids invented a new game while we're driving. They'll point at a singboard and say: "Mom read that one" I squint and about 80% of the time guess. Till one day my eight year old mustered all her tact and said: "Mom, you're blind"
Winter is traditionally a very dead and lifeless season, a season that most people really don’t like, and a season that people can’t wait for to pass. But in the Namaqualand the exact opposite happens during the Winter season. In that part of South Africa Winter is a season of beauty, a season of non-stop attractiveness, and a booming tourism season. People from far and wide leave their comfy homes behind to come and tour this arid desert, to breath in the endless stretches of flower fields in all their splendor.
I have been praying and holding fast to the promises God gave me for a very long time now. And just as I saw a glimmer of it to come true, it was gone again. It felt like my promises where dancing away in the wind like the fluffy seeds of a dandilion teased by the wind. Truth be told, I was upset. Well ok, I was VERY upset. Dissapointed and frustrated because it felt like I'm trying so hard and just getting nowhere. Know that feeling?
We live in a world where "stress" is as an acceptable state as breathing. I hear it every day: people complaining how stressed they are, people stressing each other, work stress, traffic stress, family stress and don't forget the new edition to the "stress bouquet" - religion stress. Truly the list of medically recognized types of stress are just too long to mention. This is quite troubling because not for a single second do I believe God placed stress in the lives of humanity which He loves so much!