Trevor Kay

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As the Deer

Photo Credit John Royle

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? – Psalm 42:1-2

For a deer to drink from the stream of water, for the animal to find refreshment, it has to take a moment to become vulnerable. It is vital that the deer drinks, without water death will come, without refreshing there is a withering, strength with wane and power will fade. Yet to drink to receive life moments of vulnerability have to be surrendered to.
Without the animal allowing the moment when it is vulnerable refreshing cannot come.

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. – JOHN 7:37-39

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:10-14

Living water is available and we need it more than we know, without it we remain unfulfilled, yet with it we are satisfied and the waters of life become a spring of life for us and others around us.

Yet to receive we have to be vulnerable in his presence, just as that deer what comes to drink.

I Spy

What do you see?

As parents of four children Lynette and I would have the task that all parents with children and holiday car trips face.  The question of  “are we there yet” as the family holiday is barely a few Kms into what would seem for young restless children an eternity of driving.

One of the things we would do to help pass the kms would be play the game that has improved and saved the sanity of parents, “I Spy” .  I spy with my little eye something beginning with C.  Yep you got it Car!  Well done.

There would be moments when the answer was very obvious to the one who had set the challenge of seeing what they have seen and declared.  Yet to all others in the car the object they were trying to see was hidden in plain sight.  There were moments when I wondered if the object even existed or was just made up to win the game.  Hints would have to be given so the two visions would be made clear.

In 2 Kings chapter 6 and verses 8 through to 23 we read a time when the prophet Elisha saw one thing and his servant was seeing something very different.

They were cornered by an army of horses and chariots who had the intent of capture.  Because of Elisha’s calling and spiritual gifting he was now a wanted man by the enemy.   He had upset the King of Aram by revealing the plots and plans that the King had against Israel.

Surrounded by the armies of king of Aram Elisha and his servant were in what would seem a hopeless and distressing place.  Yet the reality was what seemed like a place of capture and a trap of the enemy was a place of victory and deliverance.  Both Elisha and his servant saw an army that could easily achieve the set objective.  The difference was one was seen with the natural eye and the other with the eye of faith.

2 Kings 6:15-17
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Both men saw an army, an army with horses and chariots, but one army was heavenly the other earthly.  With this heavenly army victory was won in an extra ordinary way.  Though the blindness, victory was won.   Eyes of faith allow us to see what God the Father sees.



The Art of Conversation

Fishing on my day off is something that I love to do.  One of the things I love about fishing is the people that I get to meet.  I have found that the boat ramp is a place of conversations.  With other fishos, or someone walking a dog, conversation starter is normally did you get any fish?

A few months ago, when the weather was warmer, I drove to one of my favourite places to fish, Lake Mulawa.  It is such a great place to fish when the wind allows.  Being a lake and owning a small 12 foot tinny fishing lakes can be a dangerous pass time.

This day the wind was favourable as I left for the hour and and a halve trip to the lake.  By the time I got on the water there was a breeze that had sprung up.  It was not dangerous or unfishable but it was not comfortable in my boat.  I say all this to set the context of what I am about say about the art of conversation.

After fishing for a while and deciding that the winds were picking up and rocking the boat a bit too much to enjoy the moment, I headed back to the boat ramp fishless but happy to have been able to enjoy God’s creation.  Packing up the boat and it happened, up walks a guy and asks how are you going, to which I replied OK thanks.  I am not totally sure what he heard but I am sure he heard something different from that which I said.  His response was along the lines of, oh so you are terrible and life is really bad.  Now I get that to some people saying I am OK translates to just getting by or I could be better.

It was very evident to me as our conversation continued that my new found friend entered our conversation with a set agenda.  As the conversation continued it was like he was wanting me to say certain things that would give him permission to share the answers to my life’s problems.

Good communication starts with good listening.  Whether it is in our relationship with God or with people it is good to slow our response down and hear what is being communicated with a quick or preplanned response.

James 1:19-21
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Born is the King!

Christmas, a time when there are two types people, those who love it and those who hate it.

You may know the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” written in by Eddie Pola and George Wyle in 1963. This song contains thoughts about, family and friends, marshmallows, fires, snow are sung about.  These are wonderful things that are all associated with Christmas but they are not the real reason for the joy of Christmas.  The real joy of Christmas is found in the fact that born is the King.

Luke 2:9-11 (NLT)
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Suddenly everything was different.  Here we have one of those moments when a divine interruption happened.  Shepherds doing what they did every night and suddenly the peace of the night was broken by first the angel of the Lord and then by a whole choir of angels that announced good news that will cause great joy to all people.

This news was not some insignificant moment in the history of mankind but it was an announcement that would in time shake heaven and earth.  It was a proclamation that today the King has been born.  That God has taken on the form of man for the purpose of bringing salvation to all who will receive Him.

The shock and fear from the angelic visitation soon gave way to rejoicing and much joy as the weight of the words sunk in.  The moment that many had looked forward to had finally come.  Born is the King!  Not just born is a king, but born is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Joy to all people who receive the coming King and His Kingdom.  Jesus born to die so we can have eternal life.

Christmas time is that time when we celebrate, born is the King, the start of the redemption journey.

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