Communication is key

As I continue my sojourn of churches in Barbados this year, I visited the church on the hill St. Silas. st.silas.jpgWe spent a good 15 minutes searching for this elusive place of worship. We drove on and on looking for a sign and those whom we asked told us to continue driving through g through the affluent district of Apes Hill St. James. It was through perseverance and faith that we found the Church and it was worth the search. The refreshing breeze came across the hill and cooled our fevered brows as we alighted from the car. The service was well underway at 9:15. We had called the day before to enquire about the service times and the person informed us that church began at 9:30. Imagine our surprise as we were ushered to our seats in a well packed church. Two reasons accounted for the packed congregation. First they were celebrating the Church’s festival and second one of the members of the congregation was turning 50 years old. He had invited several family members and friends, including the Barbados cricketing legend Desmond Haynes. gordon.jpg

For those readers of my blog who are not aware of Desmond Haynes, he was a talented Barbadian cricketer who was one of the opening batsmen for the West Indies cricket team. His was a golden age as the opening duo of himself and Gordon Greenidge saw the West Indies team to many victories during the 1990’s.

Yet I digress, for the theme of this issue is communication. Communication is displayed in the rambling nature and lack of road signage to mark the location of the church. Communication is experienced by the people telling us to keep driving and we will get there. It is further seen as miscommunication by the mixup in the starting times of the church service. Communication is the purpose of the many people who were worshipping. Communication is seen in celebration of the Church’s festival, the gentleman’s 50th birthday and the contribution of Desmond Haynes to West Indian cricket. All stem from the same source: communication is key. longfellow

The priest in charge Reverend Desmond Ward used the platform of the Gospel reading which was themed: Lord teach us to pray. Reverend Ward highlighted that Jesus led by example which was more effective than leading by opinion. Jesus was a man of prayer. On various occasions in the four gospels in the Bible, Jesus prays. He prays for his disciples, He prays before performing miracles and He prays in times of trouble and need. Most importantly, Jesus sets aside quiet moments for prayer. He extracts himself from the crowd and busyness of His life and strengthens His Spirit through prayer. We who call ourselves Christians must follow the example of Jesus.teach-us-to-pray

Prayer is communication between God and person. How do we pray? When should we pray? Why do we pray? These questions are pertinent to our spiritual development. We remember that God answers prayer and the hinge of that answer is according to God’s will. So as Reverend Ward implored us, I ask you to take some time out of your busy schedule and pray to God.

We must not only speak our prayer but take time to listen for God’s voice. In order for communication to be successful it must have these elements: a sender, a message and a receiver. In order for that message to be clearly received distractions need to be ignored and focus planted firmly on the sender. Prayer is a conversation between God and person. God speaks to us in a variety of ways: nature, His Word and people in our lives. The key is to listen for God knows what is best.

 

Take Everything to God

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Ever had a recurring dream? Some may go so far as to call it a nightmare. Yet this dream is a manifestation of your subconscious working out an unresolved mental challenge.  Your challenge may be based on valid or invalid anger. Whether valid or invalid, the issue haunts you even in your dreams while you sleep.

This dream becomes a vivid memory, as exact moments, colours and feelings associated with this dream can be easily recalled. Within the mental anguish, questions torment the psyche. Lord why me? Why am I unable to get over this? Where is the escape route for these overwhelming emotions? At what point in time will this situation be conquered?  There is a way to get over this. There is a means for escape from these emotions. This is a fortifying process that will lead you to your life’s ultimate purpose which has been set out for you by God.

These trials and temptations provide the opportunity to fine tune your fighting skills. Either you train your body to fight them physically or you train your psyche to fight them on a mental level. Ironically the mental training is reflected in your physical prowess. The attitude of believing in yourself serves in good stead in this mental combat. A psychological fight requires the weapons of patience and endurance. These are activated through the remembrance of God’s grace and favour. Your resolve is strengthened as the courage is built up to face this and all of life’s challenges.

What a friend we have in Jesus! God is your FFL (Friend for Life). He is by your side and He is always present. Take everything to God through the channel of prayer. Consistent prayer strengthens your connection with God. Wait quietly for God , as you put your trust and hope in Him. The Lord is intentional for the promise remains that everything works for the good of those who love Him. Your heart will grow stronger through the working of the Holy Spirit. While you wait, while you endure, stand strong. These challenges in life are the opportunities to make you stronger and draw you closer to God, for He’s intentional.