Coming back to England always brings surprises. One would think that after the years, decades actually, of traveling to this island nation, that I would have figured out the basics. No luck in any form, especially with my expectations of the weather!
I left in bright spring sunshine, warm to the touch, cool in the shade with the young breezes finding each exposed part. My parting glance at the casual blue sky in no way gave it justice. As we wandered through Queens on the way to the airport my eyes were more often closed then open. I just assumed that things would continue as they were.
I arrived to dull skies, low clouds, threatening rain, and cold breezes. Everything has a soft green tone to it, giving a clear indication of the water near to the surface. The stone and brink walks are slick and glossy. I walked into the house shivering clear to my soul.
The solution was simple; head off for a hot shower and then put on more clothes! Heavy jeans and a warm fleece quickly came into reach. Add a hot drink and things began to come into place. I should know better!
Spiritually, the same thing happens again, again, and yet still again. I should know what type of person I am. I have plenty of information and experience on the subject, yet I continue to be totally surprised. Not only do I forget who I am, I consistently loose sight of the teachings to help me.
Solomon anticipated this problem. “Wrap yourself in them [your mother’s teaching] from head to foot; wear them like a scarf around your neck.” (Proverbs 6.21) Remember and stay close to God!
Staying wrapped up is a requirement for living in England. Given our weaknesses and orientation towards self, we will never stand on our own. The solution lies in being totally covered by teachings, help, and God’s mercy, love, and acceptance. Nothing else will work. We go numb. I know, I keep trying! God is best wrap you and I will ever find.