Something Bruce Wilkinson said . . .
(Remember him? He was a famous Christian teacher and writer of books about 10 years ago. He came to South Africa and soon thereafter just disappeared from the public arena. Not sure what happened))
. . . said stuck in my mind.
Now it is reverberating again.
It was about that scripture that tells us not to glory in things like our wealth or wisdom, but rather to glory in knowing and understanding God.
I always wondered how anyone could say they "understood" God.
Bruce put me straight.
"Don't misunderstand God" he said.
That changed everything.
I think God may be the most misunderstood Being ever.
He is accused, blamed, rejected, criticised . . . .
My own misunderstanding of Him lasted years
I believed, and taught, (blush) that fear is a sin, using the many times that the Lord told people not to fear as my basis.
Unwittingly adding fear of sinning by being fearful, to all people's other fears.
A classic case of misunderstanding Him.
I see now that God's heart was one of a Parent shushing a fearful child.
"Don't be afraid."
I am here."
"I'll take care of you."
"I won't leave you alone."
"Shh, shh, its alright."
"Don't be afraid, little one."
So different from what I originally thought!
What freedom came with that new understanding.
On a different note::
I took this pic from the car today.
I was touched by this plant growing out of the granite face of the mountain.
Beauty out of hardship -
A pretty little miracle.