More Notes from The Orchard – 58


February 2019


If you decided to go forward bravely into 2019, armed by a decision to improve everything in your life, I wonder how you got on? There is nothing positive I can say about my own decision. This is quite simply because time was going so quickly before and after Christmas that the treadmill whisked me along through the days and nights that there was no time to stop and think the question through.


I have talked to other people about this current feeling that somehow life is passing us by, leaving us breathless as we wait on a windy platform for time to standstill, waiting for the gift of time to slow down, stop and think.


The urgency of this moment, as the days flash by to that fateful date of 29th March 2019, really does give us the impression that while life is flying ahead of us  we are left behind waiting helplessly for something to happen, something over which we have no control at all.  We have had years to think about the huge step our country is about to take. . . years?  Really?  Undoing the tangle of ties and agreements we have lived through for 45 years, adding bits here and there:  do we and did we really think we could untangle anything in not much more than a couple of years? Do we even trust our government to be able sort it all out?  Did we really and truly care? It looks as though we have already thrown in the sponge, switched off from the sheer boredom of hearing the word Brexit, finally bending down our necks to the ground to replace our muddled heads safely in the sand so we can’t see what’s coming.


Jeremiah – famed for his pessimistic outlook – isn’t nearly as bad as his reputation would have us believe.  I love the bit that goes:


‘I alone know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.’ (Jeremiah 29:11-14)


Maybe the time has come to get on our knees, as of old, when we used to trust in God to come and save us.  


It seems sad that yet another chance we had to put the traditional enmity between individual European countries behind us and work together to do our part in bringing peace and justice to the world. Let us hope we have another opportunity in the not too distant future. . . or shall we continue as mini-brained ostriches till we blow ourselves to kingdom come?  May we not live to see that day




Sarah Bell


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