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A kind of reassurance

on July 2, 2013

Well, we have a diagnosis: low blood pressure. And a remedy: reduction in the dosage of my husband’s high blood pressure medication. Simples, as the meerkat would say. Now we wait to see if it works.

It’s nice to have a simple cause. Makes life seem almost manageable: cause and effect. One and One makes Two. Just this once. Because life isn’t often like that. Life is complicated and can be baffling. You do your best and get steamrollered by a runaway elephant. You steal an elephant and make a fortune. Not fair.

I remember as a child that being the most common cry. We expected fairness and complained when we didn’t get it. Only to be told by the older and wiser that life isn’t fair and we’d better get used to it.

It’s still there. Deep down. That longing for fairness. For justice. For even-handedness. For rewards for good deeds and for the wicked to be punished. Maybe that’s why we (I?) read crime novels.

Living in God’s work-in-progress, it can be hard to see progress – in ourselves, our church, our world. And then it all comes down to trust. Faith, the evidence of things not seen, as the author of the Letter to the Hebrews says.

So when we come across some nice direct cause and effect, it’s something to celebrate. A symbol of the way God is putting the world – and us – right. God the cause, and the changes in us the effect.

Walking into town the other day, I passed an elder tree in full blossom.

Digital Imagepanicles

The lacy panicles (lovely word!) reminded me that in due course there will be clusters of dark glossy elderberries – from which one could make ruby red wine! Cause and effect. A kind of reassurance that the Kingdom will come and there will be celebrations, and what we have to do now is hang on and trust.

 

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