Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | October 2, 2016

The Strong Word – October 2016


This month we have a guest writer for our Strong Word as our minister has been away for 4 weeks, and will be returning to take the Harvest Festival service. I am not sure if Laura volunteered to write this months or if she was volunteered but she sent this article from the wilds of Norfolk via mobile phone.

As I write this I am in a tent. I’m on a hiking trip with my husband in Norfolk and we’ve been carrying our tent and everything we need with us. It is raining and I have blisters. I don’t usually suffer with blisters but these are BIG and I’ve been whining about them.

In Philippians 4 the Apostle Paul says this:

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

These verses have been floating round my head since the beginning of our trip. Learning to be content whatever our circumstances is so hard to do but such good advice. I think Paul is onto something extremely valuable here.

One of the things I like about backpacking is that it makes me appreciate the small things in life. Cool water, a hot shower, the wind in my hair, the countryside, an amazing sunset. Nearly every night I have heard owls from the tent. I love the sound of owls. Richard claims he arranged this in advance from a special book-an-owl website (No, don’t look it up. Of course it doesn’t exist. There are just a lot of owls in Norfolk).

If that wasn’t enough excitement, who should we bump into when passing through Wells-next-the-Sea but Peter and Jane Strong! That was a nice little unexpected treat.

So am I content in all circumstances? Probably not but I would like to be. I see the value of not dwelling on the past, being content in the present and trusting God with the future.

Am I learning to be content? Well, I rather like the sound of the rain on the tent and the blisters are a minor temporary inconvenience, so maybe I am. I pray you will learn to be content also, whatever your circumstances, and that God will give you strength.




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