Colin's Wise Wednesday - 11th September 2019

Coincidence or God ‘incidence’? On the way to take a good friend of ours to have a cataract operation last week the car in front of us had the registration Godsway… (talk about a burning bush moment).The lead up  to his operation was indeed Godsway but that’s not the story I want to tell you now, will leave that for another day. This incident reminded me of a devotion that I read last week that I want to share with you.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 4th September 2019

Spring is in the air. That line reminds me of that “old” song “Love is in the air”. Well spring and love are in the air as we celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary today the 4th September. I thank God that Lyn has put up with me for all these years.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 28th August 2019

Colin’s saying it in a song this week …
Lyn and I are always on the “lookout” for something relevant to say in our weekly devotion. This message came unexpectedly while listening to LM radio. For our younger readers LM radio was “THE” radio station in the sixties and seventies. For Lyn and I it still is.  They played “Can we get to that”  which I hadn’t heard for ages and the message hit home anew striking a cord deep within. I think the lines that made me cringe the most were “Well we can get to church on Sunday and sing about brotherly love, but can we roll up our sleeves and start the work that must be done?”
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 21st August 2019

What?? The parable of the pear tree!!! Have you seen or heard of this parable in the bible?  No, it is not in the Bible, it is a parable written by Kimberly C. Starr about enjoying your season in life. Click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2754Ij19E4&t=38s or just read it:
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 14th August 2019

Daily dying and living!!!!!! What’s that all about Colin? In 1 Peter 2:24 it says “He Himself bore sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness”. We know Jesus died for our sins but don’t you think His death is also intended to lead us in our own daily dying to sin and living to righteousness, living in the image of Christ? The only One without sin suffered and died so we sinners could be justified. Shouldn’t His death encourage us to try as best we can, with God’s help, to live a Christ inspired life?
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 7th August 2019

“Wow you were fantastic, how did you manage that?” Do we keep the glory or do we pass it on?
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 31st July 2019

“I won’t last a day without you”
Does this opening line ring a bell with you?  While thinking of what to say this week I heard the Carpenters song of long ago with the title, “I won’t last a day without you”.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 24th July 2019

“Once upon a time”…do you remember fairy tales started off with these words? My story is not a fairy tale but it was a long time ago when my legs were a lot stronger and I used to do a lot of running (I know Colin you have told us that often recently!!!!). At that time I tried to combine my love for running with my love for the boys. We used to go on what we called a “run ride”. Dad did the running and the boys rode on their bicycles. It worked out well for my training in that on level ground it was easy for the boys and easy for Dad. We knew that we were together but did not rely on each other. When the up hills came the dynamics changed. The pace slowed down. The boys needed help, it was then that they felt a push. My hand was pressed against the small of their back. They needed help and Dad was there for them, “just relax Dad is here to help you, we are nearly at the top”.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 10th July 2019

I hear two voices. One positive the other negative. How do I react to them? Is my response the same? Do I hear God’s voice/message in both? Let me tell you my story.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 3rd July 2019

Thanks Ron and Cam’ for your choice of songs on Sunday which gave me the idea for this devotion. Wow I have enjoyed putting it together. The one was the hymn “Breathe on Me Breath of God” that Ron preached on and “Draw me Close to You” was a chorus that Cam’ had chosen. On “playing” around with the titles one can easily intersperse the title of the hymn and the chorus and they fit perfectly (please try it).
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 26th June 2019

Thud! Lyn looks up from the dressing table to see what has hit the glass sliding door in our bedroom. Nothing - that’s strange. On investigating, looking through the door she sees a dove lying on the ground, jerking as if taking its last breath.  She calls me and I can tell from her voice that she is concerned and upset. I said that I couldn’t do anything.  I didn’t want to admit that I was “scared” to go and have a look. One seems so helpless in circumstances like this and my “copout” was that human presence just heightens the birds stress.  So I left it.  About an hour later I asked Lyn what she had done with the “body”. She said nothing but the “body” was gone.  The dove must have been dazed, came around and flew off. The dove had no idea why we had placed the sliding door where we did, he could not have seen it as his journey came to an abrupt halt. The glass door did its job by keeping the dove from following a path into the house, into a maze of rooms where there would be little chance of finding his way out.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 19th June 2019

Good morning!!!! Is it a good morning?  Are you a morning person? Don’t you find it changes over the years? During my running “career” early mornings were the norm.. The body and the mind got used to it and when visiting the bush those early morning drives were the ultimate. Much to the family’s displeasure morning drives were a must and they were too scared to lie-in in case Dad came back with all the “stories” of what he had seen. Some were just stories with the truth being told over breakfast.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 12th June 2019

Is seeking God only for the lost?  I had never given this question much thought but after reading the book “Note To Self” I realized that seeking God is for all of us, lost and found. Our entire life should be seen as seeking God. This is not necessary seeking for something that we do not know about or do not have already. God has already found us. Seeking God is a continual journey towards a closer relationship with Him. 
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 5th June 2019

 “Run Forrest run”. Not quite at Forrest Gump level but Lyn and I walk 3 times a week and the other day we tried a new route. The first part of our “journey” was great all level with a few downhill’s then came the crunch….at the end a “massive” (ha ha) uphill quite unexpected.  This reminded me of life, we go along merrily and suddenly we hit an uphill.   Are we prepared for the unexpected events in our life?  I believe a daily walk with God is the best preparation for those mountains.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 29th May 2019

Judging? Who me? But Colin you asked this question before. I know we addressed this question some time ago but I came across an interesting take on judging in a book of devotions that I am reading called “Note to Self” by Joe Thorn. One of the devotions starts off by saying that the command to “judge not” is not a call to stop honest evaluations about others but to cease the hypercritical and condemning attitude that characterizes some of our thoughts, words and actions.
 

ZEBRA PRINT UP FOR SALE

Following our recent Fundraiser (16th May) with Game Ranger and Wild Life Photographer, Chad Cocking, we have the added blessing of being able to sell this beautiful zebra print.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 22nd May 2019

“I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed”. While listening to a CD this morning before sitting down to do Wednesday’s devotion I heard this song and it came to me that I should share this song, so here it is as our devotion. Hope and pray that it will resonate within you like it did with me this morning.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 15th May 2019

Sitting back home in the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg looking at my son’s pictures of his life in the Limpopo bush, a life of game ranging and photography, I’m once again struck by how amazing God’s creation is. I think back on all those sunrises and sunsets, those electric storms in the bush that set the plains alight as they illuminate the sky.  The sound of the distant rumbles as the thunder drones on and on. The flowers that appear from nowhere soon after the first rains transform the countryside into something spectacular. The cosmos that are now in full bloom. The mushrooms that appear out of elephant dung after the rain are so amazing.  Can you feel God’s presence in all of these “things”?  This morning, as I looked out the window, I once again had the white browed robin hopping around seeking the early worm to remind me of God’s presence. 
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 8th May 2019

Fifty Shades of Green describes our small garden.  Lyn and I went to the nursery last Wednesday to buy some seedlings for the hanging baskets. We bought a lot of pansies and as our garden consists mainly of two colours - white and 50 shades of green and seeing that you don’t get green pansies (really!!!!) Lyn agreed that we could get red and obviously white.  Yesterday “heavy laden” with potting soil and trays of pansies I started the process of planting.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 1st May 2019

How can you and I become part of the Easter story? This is the question that I’ve asking myself since the events of Easter Sunday.  We didn’t see the sun rise on Easter Sunday at Umhlanga - the sky was heavy laden with the threat of a pending storm, a devastating storm that would cause death and destruction. The good news is that the Son did rise to give us hope in the midst of the storms of life.