Do you have those friends, that from the outside, no-one would ever put you together? They look different from you, listen to completely different music, dress differently, act differently, the list goes on…. Yet. You’re friends. Good friends in fact. I love those kind of friends.
I also love the friends, that when you have a day off and it’s a nice day outside, you can give them a text and suddenly you’re heading for Dores beach. No questions asked. It just happens. Last minute plans are always fun.
Well today I had the pleasure of all these things rolled into one. A trip to Dores with college friends who I thank God are different because otherwise life would be boring. I thank God that I have non Christian friends who I can be real with. Who I can introduce to Jesus. Or try to anyway. Because isn’t that what life’s about? Bringing people to Jesus. I think so anyway.
Today was an unexpected beautiful day. There was a slight breeze but the sun was beaming and I'm on holiday. Perfect. So a friend and I went for a walk along Dores beach. Standard.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love it there. Next to the beach is the Dores Inn which does the best breakfasts. Fact. No doubt about it.
I love just spending time there with friends; taking the time to admire God’s creation. Look at His handy work. Isn’t it amazing?
It’s a really nice day outside so I thought I would take a stroll to the shop to buy a few things and enjoy some fresh air. On my way home there was a young boy with massive headphones on, singing away to himself, without a care in the world. I looked at him and couldn’t help but smile as he looked so content. He didn’t even notice me as he was lost in whatever he was listening to.
I have to say, this has happened to me a few times. I have been so engrossed in what I’m listening to that when I start singing I forget I’m outside. And everyone can hear me. But you know what? Why do we care? If the song we are listening to is worth singing, lets sing it.
A few of my friends and I can often be found singing along to songs in the car, very loudly. But if even one line of those songs get stuck in people’s heads and they start thinking about the words. Then maybe they will start to think about Jesus. And I think that’s worth looking a little silly. Or going against social norms. And breaking the unspoken rule that you don’t sing in public.
What a silly rule anyway!
Today at work we had a ‘study day’. But what they mean by this is someone has already done the studying for us and we were going to listen to what they found. Sounds alright to me…
We had 3 hours. In that time we had to cover: diabetes, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis and community nursing. Oh and somehow fit in a coffee break as well. It’s fair to say in that small space of time you are never going to be able to cover everything but hey, they gave it their best shot. Some were actually really inspiring and managed to tell us about some amazing and exciting things that were happening in their field. Like the new insulin pumps, or the new CF drug which is being allowed to be trialled in Highland or the fact that the life expectancy of someone with CF is no longer 26 but 41!! How amazing is that?! CF is no longer just a paediatric issue but something which, when well managed and diagnosed early, can allow people to live a longer, happier life.
Now I know I may sound like a complete geek. But you know what? I’m ok with that. I love my job. I get excited about it. Amazed by it. I love that everyday we are finding cures and getting closer to understanding how our body does or doesn’t work. I love that we don’t have all the answers. But I know a God who does.
In psalm 139 it tells us
we are fearfully and wonderfully made
and I’m grateful that I can know just a tiny piece of God’s amazing work. The more I know, the more it helps me to appreciate how awesome He really is.
So in the past week I have worked Thursday, Friday, Saturday night shift; Mon, Tues and Wednesday day shift. All 12.5 hour shifts. All relatively busy shifts. But you know what? God has really been my strength.
Yeah I’ve been tired. Who wouldn’t be? But God has sustained me. And given me the strength I needed for each day. He even gave me a dream ring cake on the busiest day to give me that extra boost. And who says God doesn’t meet our needs?! haha
And how did I spend my first day off in almost a week? A road trip with two of my best friends to see one of my other best friends! How else would I spend it?
But seriously, I had such a blessed day. Filled with tea, laughter, random/ inappropriate conversations, heart shaped biscuits and a whole lot more tea… It was the best. I love my friends.
Then today I went to visit my gorgeous niece who never fails to make me smile. No matter how tired I am I always have the energy to play games and run around after her. she’s the cutest. Today she decided she quite fancied a shot of my sunglasses so I’ll leave you with a picture that made me smile 🙂
So I’m on nightshift tonight and what better way to spend your break than reading God’s word?
Tonight/ today (who knows after 3 nightshifts haha) I was thinking/ reading about God’s purpose in calling us to purity—in teaching us to examine our hearts, bare our souls, confess our sins, and receive His cleansing. We sometimes get His reasoning really wrong and it’s important to always look at things with the right view point.
God does not seek holiness for holiness’ sake. He’s not in the business of making people clean so He can put them on pedestals like idols. Instead, He calls us to holiness for an entirely practical reason. The goal of a day-by-day quest for a perfect heart, wise actions, and sensitive speech is to make every day of our lives worthwhile.
To be more like Him.
1 Peter 1 v 16 says
For it is written; Be holy, because I am holy.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to me…
Last night we had quite a bit of snow and the ground was pretty slippy. I was in the car with my mum and step dad and we were on our way to a church meeting. As we were approaching the roundabout the car started skidding, hit the roundabout and almost overturned. Pretty scary right?
But praise God; a bit came off the front of the car, Jim was a bit shocked, I got a strap mark on my neck and mum was fine. A whole lot better than the outcome I had predicted!
As we were hitting the roundabout the nurse in me was trying to think of a plan. What I needed to do worst case scenario. I was praying:
God please keep us safe. I’m not ready to die. There’s so many people I still want to come to know you.
Thankfully we’re all fine. But it got me thinking about how blasé we can be about the gospel. We can get caught up with life. And lose our sense of urgency. Life is so precious and it can easily be taken from us.
We need to be seeking opportunities to bring the people we love to Jesus. I know when I get to heaven I want to see all my friends and family there. I want to know that I gave everything to love them and let them see Jesus in me. I want to be told
well done my good and faithful servant.
I’m not naive enough to think that all of a sudden i’ll see everyone turn to Jesus (how amazing would that be though?!) but I want to know I’ve done all I can to help them come to know Jesus.