A while ago there was a competition on here, asking for suggestions as to what should be included in a time capsule to bury in Mays Farm. At the time, I couldn't imagine there would ever be a floor under which anything could be hidden!
There was mud everywhere this spring. Rain and mud outside; earth floors turning to mud inside. It looked like devastation to me - and I found it quite depressing. Would there ever be progress?
Friends kindly enquired - how is it going? Can you move in yet? Aren't you excited?
And I looked at the mud on our boots and the dust in our hair and I despaired. It was an utter disaster.
But there IS progress. Suddenly, things are happening in a different way. Instead of everything coming down, being taken apart, dug up or demolished, there is a putting together, a creating, a movement of new beginnings.
Progress is seen at last - look at the little store rooms being made into a kitchen.
So it still doesn't quite look like the finished kitchen ... but it's definitely improving.
And there's a similarity with my life and its ups and downs.
Sometimes it has felt that everything is demolished, devastated, depressed.
For I too am a work in progress. Sometimes God has had to dig deep to remove the edifices I tried to erect, to dig out the imperfections, remove my all-too-easily constructed walls of pride and passions and perceptions. And it's painful.
Our workmen have been digging and demolishing in order to restore and renew and recreate. And so has God - He restores and renews and recreates my life.
If the LORD does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it. If the LORD does not protect a city, it is useless for the guard to stay alert. (Ps 127:1)
Auspice Christo: built with the help of Christ.
I am learning to be patient about Mays Farm.
Please be patient with me, God hasn't finished with me yet!
There are other signs of new life everywhere around the Farm. And blossom in the Walled Garden.
And on May 25th we will be burying the time capsule under the elm beams of floor boards on the top landing. Come and pray with us for the new ministry at The Vine as we do this.
CHARLOTTE LEAKE: your entry was chosen by the MbD Trustees! Congratulations on winning a free retreat night at The Vine @ Mays Farm in September!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor 5:17)
Might you pray for us? Pray for The Vine @ Mays Farm to be built by the Lord; pray for the ministry of offering retreats and spiritual sanctuary; pray that all will be auspice Christo. Me and Mays Farm both.