Today was visiting-my-Grandparents day! And it’s been full, fun and wonderfully random. I realised today that Skegness is probably about as far removed from Japanese culture as you can get… So wandering around the very noisy, kind-of-rude-customer-service filled town centre of this Northern seaside resort has been a bit of a shock to the system. (For instance, walking down the high street today when a rather large man burped incredibly loudly in far too close proximity to us… Gross!!) However, it has been wonderful to have a family day, eat lots of home-baking, and catch up on some Japanese study.
We also went out for lunch at a local pub and met with some of my grandparents’ friends while we were there… Whose grandson was visiting… Who lives in… Japan!! Seriously. He works at a University in Tokyo so it was a wonderfully random chance to talk a little about life in Japan. These kinds of encounters make me laugh.
Anyway, here are my grandparents! 🙂
Me and my Mum also gave into our love of kind-of-dodgy-theme-park rides and paid an extortionate amount of money to be hurtled into the air in a giant cage ball. Like you do. I have a video of the full, hilarious, screaming experience… But these are a couple of pictures, courteously of my Dad, who really doesn’t share our love of sickness-inducing-craziness! 😉
My Mum laughed at me a lot because I asked the guy buckling us into the seats, ‘Has anyone ever died on this thing?’ Which apparently isn’t the question to ask right before ‘take-off’.
And I must admit, that this experience of hurtling into the air with a complete trust that some random cords will catch you on a way down, makes me a little reminiscent of the feeling of life right now. Because shooting upwards, spinning around, and having both the excitement, the slight fear, and the sensation of the landing being a bit unknown, is all a bit familiar to me looking at these next months. But just like today, for all the feelings and fear, I knew that I was safe, kept secure by the boundaries and the protection of the ride itself… So over this next few months, I know with all confidence that the Lord surrounds me with a hedge of His protection, and holds me safely in His will and the palm of His hand.
I’ve been rejoicing in reading the Psalms this week, and the certainty with which David and the other writers know and understand this reality: that they are kept and held and hidden in the perfect security or a perfect God.
As I read yesterday,
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favour as with a shield. Psalm 5 v 11-12
Or as I read today,
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. Psalm 9 v 9-11
It’s a beautiful reminder of a beautiful Truth. And we have a good God and a perfect Father.