My heart’s desire is to be teachable and God has heard my prayer. I have been given the opportunity to study again after a break of thirty three years. In my youth, I qualified as a Senior Primary School teacher. Unfortunately, due to the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis, my dream to teach was shattered and within a few years I was medically boarded.
I love to share what God has done in my life and use it to encourage others. Having this space to express myself has been such a joy, but it is also a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I feel responsible to present God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as accurately as I can. The regular readers will know how passionate I am about the person of the Holy Spirit. My friendship with Him has grown due to my complete dependence on Him for inspiration and revelation in my writing. This blog is one of the reasons I decided to study again.It is so strange. When we are very young we look up in awe to adults who seem to have all the answers. The question “why?” is constantly on our lips and we long to have knowledge. Then come the teenage years. Suddenly we know everything and we shake our heads at the ignorance of some adults. Well, as I enter the second half of my life, I realise how little I actually know and suddenly I find myself asking questions again. You could say that I have come full circle.
I still have the heart of a teacher, but now my interests have changed. I have enrolled for a three year theology degree with the South African Theological Seminary. Did you know that everyone who studies and shares the Word of God is a theologian? We just need to make sure that we are a good one. As I write, I am filled with both excitement and trepidation. Life is as interesting as we make it and I believe that you are never too old to learn. If all the pens are sold out at Spar it is because my supportive husband has bought them. The only exam pad I could find at Pick ‘n Pay had Spiderman on the front – which is at bit odd at my age! It does make me smile every time I look at it. Jan also got his survey degree when he was in his late forties so he understands what I am going through.
I have already learnt some interesting facts from an article written by Kathy Foster, Exercise Your Body and Exercise Your Brain. She maintains that as we get older, the number of neurons we have in our brain may decrease (the bad news). The good news is that the brain can continue to build new connections (called dendrites) on the neurons. Effectively, it creates more ‘space’ for learning to be stored. I have also discovered that for the brain to function optimally it requires oxygen. That is why physical exercise is so important. It increases the blood circulation and delivers more oxygen to the brain. Armed with these two scientific facts, I now start my day on the exercise bicycle while praying for more ‘dendrites on the neurons’!
The reason I am sharing this information with you is firstly to inspire you to learn something new. You don’t have to necessarily enrol somewhere, but even trying a new recipe, reading or taking up a new hobby can breathe new life into you. We all need a reason to get up in the morning. I had many years where I was bored out of my mind. My high levels of pain restricted my life severely. I feel as though I have been given a second lease on life. My husband refers to me as ‘the student’. It feels good.
Secondly, I want you to be a part of my journey because I am sure that you will benefit directly from what I am learning. I trust the Holy Spirit for even greater revelations to share with you. It is an amazing privilege to live the Christian life. Our sins have been forgiven and paid for by Jesus Christ and as if that wasn’t enough, God has given us the Holy Spirit who comes to live inside us. Believers become ‘the royal residence’ for the Holy Spirit on earth. Jesus is the treasure on the inside of my clay pot. The Holy Spirit teaches us, helps us, guide us and changes us until our ‘clay pots’ become what Myles Munroe, The Bahamas theologian, calls, “goblets of glory”. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV) If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. (2 Corinthians 4:7 The Message)
God bless, ‘til next time.