It is amazing what can make you feel nostalgic. I spent my post Easter break in the Rectory garden, trying to reclaim it from the jungle it has morphed into. I would love to say that this was fun, relaxing and satisfying, I really would. However so far it has been tiring, frustrating and at times painful. Why did God create brambles? As I was hacking away at the undergrowth, tired and with my dodgy back and knee both throbbing away in unison I thought about a
favourite saying of Army physical training instructors, ‘pain is weakness leaving the body.’ However, no matter how much weakness seems to have left this particular body there appears to be quite a lot left! As I thought on that saying, I started to think wistfully of those early morning PT sessions, a nice run, a session on the cross trainer,
a 5k row; it all seemed so much more fun than what I was doing. Then reality kicked in. All that time in the gym was hard work. It never really got easier but I was a lot fitter, a lot slimmer and it felt good to be able to do those things. My garden will one day be in some kind of reasonable shape but it isn’t going to be easy. It will take hard work, commitment and consistency. But one day it will feel good to sit in it and relax, for just a little while. Whatever your goals in life are I hope that you can see beyond the hard work, and the pain, to the end that you long for. In this Easter season when new life is all around us, and the hope that the Risen Lord Jesus gives us is so tangible I hope and pray that you can see beyond the hard work that daily life can be to the joy that we are all called to live.