Like many people over the last few months, I have been doing more gardening than usual. And I have been given food for thought on many occasions.

 

We have not been in our current garden very long, and one of the tasks that we have been doing is removing a large area of a non-native, invasive ‘weed’ in order to replant with native plants that are good for wildlife. The task has been very much a two-stage one; firstly cutting down the foliage, and secondly digging out the roots. As we have been working, a baby robin has been observing us very closely, usually perched on a branch nearby, but regularly flying down to areas that have been freshly disturbed. Sometimes he, or she, flies so close that he, or she, is practically dodging between us and the spade we are using, to snatch up a tasty morsel. For me, there is firstly the delight of a wild creature coming so close that we can observe it so clearly. Secondly there is the much deeper sense of privilege; the sense that it is a deep honour to be so trusted by a wild creature, that they are prepared to come so near.

 

The Bible asserts again and again that only God is truly trustworthy. Only God can be fully depended up; not us, not other people. It may sound like this is a recipe for loneliness and disappointment, but several biblical commentators have pointed out that actually this belief improves human relationships. When we know that we ourselves are fallible and liable to let others down, and we know that the same is also true of everyone else, we actually become both more careful not to put people in positions where we expect too much of them, and also more able to forgive the times when our trust in them is broken.

 

  • Reflect on your experiences of trusting, or being trusted.

  • What helps you to sense that someone else is trustworthy?

 

Prayer for the week - 7th August 2020

 

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