A few weeks ago I went to Dartmouth late in the evening and it was still warm and sunny, so I had a bite to eat by the harbour, chatting with a friend, watched by the overhead seagulls, sitting on a bench along the quayside. It is a lovely spot. On the opposite side of the River Dart from where I was sitting is the pretty estuary town of Kingswear which is accessible by a ferry all day long. But not by bike!
Throughout our lives we are often met with difficulties that seem to block our journey. A way forward looks clear and obvious, yet we use the wrong methods to get the true understanding of our God-given being. Lately I was grappling with some old anger left over and quite obviously no longer required, about something that had been sorted out and redressed long ago. It was getting in my way. I thought it was about forgiveness, but even this wasn’t the right way forward. It turned out to be quite simple. Even though I had a few difficult days with it, it turned out that merely accepting the issue was cleared up and standing in that moment, free, no longer trapped by the tangle of the past, or using the anger as a preventative tool to limit joy, I let myself be God’s delight. And then it was gone. Just like that.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.