This morning we walked into Wicklow with the students from NTS. We have two students, who are helping us make inroads into this community. There names are Ryan Robbins and Stephanie Borden. It's good to have them here.
Anyway, the idea was to walk through various parts of this community asking God to give us HIS eyes, asking God to give us HIS heart for these people then at the end of our time we'd meet at Halpin's Bridge Cafe(one of our favorite places) for a hot drink and good conversation about our time.
I barely got started when I received a call from my son who had been in a slight accident at school. I went and picked him up and then took him to our home before traveling back down into town. Thankfully he was okay! As I returned to town and began my walk I began praying, asking God to help us reach this community. It was about that time I noticed the walls. Everywhere I walked there were walls. It wasn't the image I was looking to embrace. I mean, walls are barriers. Yet there they were! Everywhere! I began praying about those barriers and overcoming them, talk about overwhelming. How can you breech these barriers?
It was just about then that I began to notice something else. These stone walls were overwhelmed by vegetation. Everywhere I looked there was something green, sometimes even growing out of the wall. That reminded me of some words from the pen of Paul,
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 8:37-39
As we, as you, look around there may be all sorts of barriers, but GOD is able to overcome, much like that greenery.
May God help us to patiently love the people he brings into our lives, as HE has loved us!