Whilst I was there, I remember looking around and pondering about earthly kings, they certainly are respected and have a presence around them and that only made me realise why God didn't want to give Israel to have an earthly king. He was their King and He knew that an earthly king would be prone to his own thoughts and ways and had the potential to draw His people away from His Words of life and into worldly endeavours. If they were good kings then they would have a positive effect but if they worshipped other gods and wanted the power and admiration for themselves, then they would draw the people along. It was no wonder God was not wanting this for them. Even King David, the King after God's own heart was like this. I am not making a reflection here on the King we visited but just were my ponderings took me.
I had been pondering quite a bit today and found many spiritual lessons were seeking my attention.
I started a Bible Study on reading through the psalms and we were reflecting on Psalm one and found so many truths to pull out, it was a rich time and we thought about what a tree planted by a stream is like, with the group of us, we really we like a little forest, each one bringing up more and more thoughts on this beautiful scripture. Tomorrow night I start a group who are going through a book called When Helping Hurts, its a book I have been trying to read myself but found it hard to read on my own, so I am looking forward to doing it with a group.
I have also realised just how important it is to make our own choices and how we are responsible for our own spiritual direction. We must take that responsibility very seriously as it has eternal consequences to our lives.
I popped in to see Pauline, I hadn't been fora few nights as I had been pretty tired, but I am so glad I did. I thought she had lots of other visitors and I think she has but she noticed that I hadn't been, so I plan to at least try and pop in, even for a short while each night, or most. Please do contiue to prayer for her, she is rcovering and seems to be doing well but she is not out of the woods yet.
I am hoping to find a photo of her so I can do a sketch, she has become very special to me.
Here is my latest sketch of a young Israel, he had cleft palette surgery.