Trevor Kay

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Month: July 2018

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.

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