Vol 10 No. 40 Reflections on Fall

Dear Friends,

First of all, I’d like to give thanks for the Celebration Dinner in Summerland last Tuesday, Sept 23rd.  I particularly want to thank Larry Schram and the Summerland church for their hospitality and Del Reimer, who led us in music.  It was an excellent gathering and reminded me that the Okanagan churches (all seven of them plus Kamloops and Nelson) have been caring for one another, meeting and praying together for many, many years.  It was particularly appropriate that Gord King was once again our speaker because the Okanagan and Kaleden is his old stomping grounds.  Thanks once again goes to Rob Ogilvie, Heather Thomson and Dawn Johannesson for their good, hard work.  And thank you to the over 100 or so that came to the dinner.

What follows is a simple story and is provoked by the fact that many of us are already well into fall activities and some of us have already been “leaning onto our own understanding” and not reflecting at all on the spiritual nature of discernment and decision making.  The story is simple, the point is obvious… I’ll just tell the story.

BC Ferries, here on the west coast, regularly do a man overboard drill.  They announce it well in advance so you know what is going to happen.  Many on the ship crowd the deck and press their noses against the windows to see the drill unfold.  There’s a great embellishment of this story which I won’t pick up on today but it is sufficient to say that when the alarm for man-overboard is sounded, a small boat is launched with two folk on board to go in search of the victim.  What is interesting about this exercise is that the crew of the small boat don’t actually look for the man overboard.  They engage in an exercise where they are guided and directed to the man overboard by the captain of the bridge of the main ferry.  They deliberately do not seek to find the one that is overboard and they are entirely dependant on instructions from “the bridge”. 

The point of this story in its application is already quite clear and I won’t belabour it except to mention one other thing.  A captain of the boat not only guides a rescue launch with verbal commands.  A captain also points the prow of the ship in the direction of the missing man overboard.  So while I resist a full comment, I already know this fall, of the peril of trying to guide myself.  I need to lean into my Lord’s understanding, I need to hear from him and I need to constantly follow into even the unknown places, the places where He is pointing. 

Warmly,

In Christ,

Jeremy

jbell@cbwc.ca

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