Blog #5

I wonder if you're old enough to remember an Ameican sci-fi series in the 1960's called 'Lost In Space'? Im afraid I am old enough, and I clearly recall the adventues of the Robinson family as they careered helplessly across the galaxy from planet to planet alongside dealing with the treacherous deeds of Dr. Zachary Smith, their unwelcome travelling companion.

If you do remember watching the show perhaps you will know that it was based in the famous 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss, entitled, 'The Swiss Family Robinson' where a family of immigrants, on route to Australia, are shipwrecked on an island in the East Indies and have to fend for themselves in isolation. The novel was intended by Wyss to teach his four sons about family values, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance with many chapters involving Christian-orientated moral lessons such as frugality, husbandry, acceptance and cooperation.

I'm sure you can see where Im going with this line of thought! Our house currently feels a little like a small spacecraft or ship where we metaphorically float around, do essential jobs to keep the craft moving and try to keep fit and healthy. But, despite the domestic challenges, I'm sure we are learning new skills as well. For instance, how to share space and resources  (we currently have 2 computers between the 5 of us), how to look after one another (some people are actually doing the washing up these days!) and how to discuss things that really matter.  

As for me, my study on Daniel is teaching me a lot as well. I have been reminded that although he lived in the courts of the king, Daniel was in exile or, if you like, a kind of isolation from 'normal' life back in Israel. But, he had learned to adapt, to pray, to live out his faith as well as he could and to not forget God's goodness even when it seemed obscurred or implausible. At one point, a messenger from God comes to him and says,'Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come in response to your words'. (Dan 10:12)

As we continue to live on our spacecrafts/ships/islands or whatever you want to call them, let's remember our God is hearing us when we speak to Him as He has from the first day of this strange time. And what's more, let's keep learning how to listen back.