filling up the sea with stones

27 01 2013
throwing pebbles in brighton

filling the sea with stones in Brighton. it didn’t work.

Throwing stones into the sea. It’s a bit pointless, really. But there is a time for the pointless. It can be so easy to get caught up with important things. They are, after all, important. But sometimes the brain just gets full of thinking. Thinking about poverty or slavery or eating habits or friends or gender or sexuality or politics or neighbours or the kingdom or justice or service planning or thinking about thinking or not thinking at all…  

So if nobody has given permission, and you feel you need it so you don’t feel bad about not doing something worthy, this is it. Go and try and fill the sea with stones. It won’t work. Who cares. But you’ll feel better. 

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15 responses

27 01 2013
dorothy726

thank you. I live 5 mins walk from a shingle beach… and am utterly exhausted and drained and burnt out… and needed permission to simply _stop_! I came to the computer to do some more urgent work… or something… saw this and have decided to… oh, to do absolutely nothing for the rest of today. Until dinner needs cooking… all the other urgent work things can (probably) wait. Maybe…

27 01 2013
Kevin

Sometimes that’s what we need. Hope you have more energy another day.

28 01 2013
dorothy726

Thanks. I went down to the sea and threw stones into it… gradually realised that the ocean, vast as it is, is nothing compared with the love of God and that just as the stones I was throwing would never fill the ocean, so all the burdens of life can be given to God and make no impression on His love. Then I turned to climb back up the shingle bank (which is currently vertiginously steep after the recent on-shore storms) and saw silhoutted on the skyline a cross… OK, it probably used to have a lifebelt on it, but at that moment, in the twilight, there was just the outline silhoutted against the sky. All I could do was kneel on the shingle and pour it all out to Jesus and receive His peace and love.
Powerful stuff, the remembrance of it will sustain me through the next several days, which aren’t going to be easy… and without your blog I doubt whether I’d have gone down there yesterday.
So thank you. And thank God.

28 01 2013
Kevin

Thanks for telling me, I don’t often hear that sort of thing!

27 01 2013
neil stewart

giving permission bit social worker ish vic

27 01 2013
Kevin

Could sound a bit that way. Not meant too though!

28 01 2013
dorothy726

sometimes some of us need a bit of “permission”… 🙂

28 01 2013
c2drl

So much of what God has made is extravagant and in the eyes of modern enlightened man pointless. We don’t practically need the great diversity of flowers, trees, animals, insects etc. We could probably get by with a lot less. But they illustrate God’s generosity of heart and the wonderful diversity of creation. I wouldn’t have done it that way, I would have concentrated on getting a few really good ones right and settled for that, but God’s ways are so much more lavish, and actually when you look more closely there is a purpose, it just takes more empathy with God than we often have to see it.

We have got ourselves in the mindset of, ‘we have to live a purpose driven life fulfilling Gods purpose’. He doesn’t say that, we made it up. God loves to see us throwing stones in the sea, building dens in the trees, running in the muddy countryside, building snowmen, He delights when we photograph or paint images of what he has made. The world has a big sign on it – you have my permission (sorry neil!) to relax and enjoy my creation, no pressure, just enjoy it and look after it and remember who made it. Signed God.

And you know, we are now discovering that doing these things saves us a fortune in medication, but I wish i didn’t know that because it kind of devalues the enjoyment, so forget I said it.

28 01 2013
Kevin

Did you just give me permission to forget what you said? I’ll remember that!!

28 01 2013
dorothy726

but how do you getthe people dependant on meds to get out there and exerience creation and God in and through it? that’s the challenge…

28 01 2013
c2drl

Yes thats the tough one. There is good statistical research by Loughborough University that says that runners live longer and die quicker than non-runners. Seven years ago I thought “I’ll have some of that” and so have taken up running and cycling daily. The benefits in terms of wellbeing are enormous but I am motivated to do it and hadn’t got to the stage of being on meds, other than blood pressure control. I have stayed fit which enables me to continue – chicken and egg!

Running is a bit extreme for many people, although it need not be, but for those that want to the weekly Parkruns held around the country are a good place to get encouragement. For less strenuous activity I guess its by example and by taking them with you, slowly and gently, and maybe finding clubs who do it. If they don’t want to do it they won’t keep it up so finding what they enjoy and giving them permission to enjoy it.

There is so much parkland around and despite the efforts of planners we have a lot of countryside within reach of most of us, but the social norm seems to be, watch the computer or the tv instead.

I doubt if this helps but not sure there are any easy answers. Maybe Churches could start groups to enjoy the countryside. It beats bingo!

28 01 2013
neil stewart

our church adopted alocal pond getting a small group to adopt a local something seems to work it was good fun outdoors

28 01 2013
dorothy726

yes I guess – but when the meds concerned are antidepressants and you can’t persuade the patient out of the front door… ah well, perseverance I suppose. And yes, i agree about it beating bingo! 😀

29 01 2013
Kevin

I love the way the conversation went after this one on this one! Thanks for joining in Dorothy, Neil and c2drl.

4 02 2013

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