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Joy in puddles

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15 : 13 NIV

I don’t know about you but I love puddles. As a child I would love it when it was raining and my mum would take me and my twin sister outside, dressed in our wellies and raincoats. We’d just enjoy being outside, but also feel elated when we were allowed to jump in the puddles and not worry about getting soaking wet. The freedom we felt and the enjoyment we got from that was incredible.

When you approach a puddle (before you jump in), you’ll see it’s very still, so much so that if the water is clear enough you can see your reflection. Then SPLISH, SPLOSH you’re in, making a mess and jumping about, and then you’re on to your next puddle and the water from the first puddle becomes still again.

Our life at the moment is like jumping in and out of puddles; we can see times of stillness and then that is overtaken by the busyness of our home lives, work, preparing food, and juggling homework.

Let’s allow ourselves to feel God’s presence in the stillness, to see his face, to feel the joy and anticipation when we come to him and allow him to speak to us, to guide us and to prepare us for those times of …

busyness where we maybe can’t see him as before, but still feel him close. Let’s allow ourselves to feel his freedom in the mess, in the unscheduled routines, the mass of emails, the video chats, or screaming children in the background.

Maybe you have children at home from school, you’re working from home and it all feels like a mess. Or perhaps you’re at home alone, the toddler groups you lead and your other usual activities have all been put on hold, and it feels as if there’s too much stillness. Whatever you are experiencing today or this week, know God is in both the stillness and messiness of puddles – and what joy we can have in both.