Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Getting old?

The silly season is over and life returns to it's normal routine. And I felt rather glad as I sat at my desk at 8.30 this morning.

And how did I see the New Year in this year? I went to bed - at ten past eleven.

So: am I getting dull in my thirtieth year?

Actually, the other day, as I read from 2 Samuel in the Old Testament about David who came into his kingship, aged 30, I had the distinct sense that God was saying that this year would be a discovery year. Coming into full adulthood. Ministry. Stature.

I also read about Saul - who, intriguingly enough, also became king aged 30. But he blew it, after an impressive start. Relying on himself and losing the honour of God, he ended up a spectacular failure.

But there's a (large) part of me that feels desperately sorry for Saul. There but for the grace of God go I or you or any of us. It's so easy to 'get professional', to 'do it our way', to lose any sense of real dependance on God.

If I want to 'come into my kingship' that means the recognition that I can't. Not without leaning on the True King.

But with my God... 'with my God I can leap over a wall'.

4 comments:

fabulous said...

this encouraged me a lot. i went to bed at 11 pm, and people at work said that I'm a grumpy old man, and I'm only 26!!! i pray that you carry on with your ministry bro. bless you

DarrenDeliberate said...

James,

I too was in bed before 12pm, something I would have never entertained the idea of until this year. Being a Christian I couldn't help but see it minor change in time, this happens every day, hour, minute. In God its not significant at all.

In fact, it's an example of Man 'doing it my way' and creating the illusion of managing and control time.

Rob Halligan said...

I had a bath.
What better place to see the new year in. Even better than bed in my oppinion :)
Kingship is an interesting one. On the one hand if we try and be Kings we fail misserable. But new creation means that we are heirs to the throne.
We had a song on the yellow section called "We are a King, We are a Priest"
But yeh - It's by grace alone (and liquorice)

eternal said...

mmm well, i myself would have happily gone to bed having been up since 7 that morning however we decided to go into the new year together ... 9 of us stomping thru the moonlight forest singing at the top of our voices.. "..i see the stars, i hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.. then sings my soul my saviour God to thee, how great thou art... " and sharing on vision, dreams, hopes, desires for the year ahead and praying together.. a go-d moment...