Sunday, February 04, 2007

shipping forecast

I nearly didn't go in to Meeting today, it was tempting to join Richard who had decided that sitting in solitude in the shade outside in the company of the silver birch tree and flowers was what he needed more. I knew what he meant, last week I'd done much the same - I'd needed the stillness and silence more than I'd needed the sharing of it. But I knew if I didn't go to Meeting today, it would get harder and harder to go back to it, I could feel myself slipping away - not expecting to find what I needed and not wanting to face what I suspected I'd get.

My suspicions in many ways were confirmed, but I also got what I needed - after a fashion. I got ministry that spoke to me, that showed me a path and gave me encouragement to start along it. I took the first step after Meeting and found I wasn't alone in finding that road opening up in front of me. The message I had heard was simply about the need to work together, in the Light, to believe we could make a difference, that we could be heard. As was pointed out in earlier ministry, we're all in the same boat.

I don't know where this boat is going, or how on earth we'll get there, but if we work together there's no reason why it should go down. Michael pointed out that Noah's Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals, but Noah listened to the Light.

Ok, point taken. We're in for a rough crossing, but I'm glad I'm on board though.

1 comment:

flurble said...

I woke up around 9:30 on Sunday morning with Quaker bodies sprawled across my living room, and was amused to read this ("I nearly didn't go in to meeting today"), but failed to wake them up to do the same (despite the lure of free food).