Adventures in hearing God’s voice – Graham Coyle

How does God speak to us?  I’ve had an example recently of one way that this happens that I am still learning from.  I’ve just been to a conference.  There were a lot of people there, about 2,000, it was a long way from home, Redding, California and it had some quite well known Christian leaders speaking at it, Bill Johnson, Brian Houston and Shaun Bolz.  So, for all those reasons and many more besides I had quite a sense of excitement at being there.

As I was preparing to be there in all of the usual ways, packing etc., I was also asking the Lord to prepare my heart and spirit.  I wanted to be certain that I had my focus right so as not to become distracted by all of the other factors. 

Did you watch any of the Olympics – Graham Coyle

olympicsDid you watch any of the Olympics?  I did.  Possibly more than was healthy but at least it is only once every four years.  I loved watching so many people all trying their hardest to achieve their dreams.  I empathised, cheered, sympathised and celebrated.  Though I watched mostly on my own it didn’t stop me from expressing my excitement at performances such as Andy Murray’s gold, Mo Farah’s double double or the Brownlee brother’s destruction of the rest of the triathlon field.  The main thing that surprised me, however, was that I wasn’t that surprised.  I admit that I did not expect the UK to come second overall in the medal table but I wasn’t surprised that we did well. 

The rat in the plane – Graham Coyle

Some years ago a test pilot was flying a new model of jet.   At one point in the flight he heard an unusual, non-mechanical sound.  He looked down at where the sound was coming from to see a rat gnawing through one of the cables.  He realised that this was not good.  He could not deal directly with the intruder himself as he was engaged in flying the plane.  If he aimed to return to his airstrip he was fairly certain that the rat would finish its task first, probably with catastrophic results.  His only option was to deprive the rat of what it most needed; oxygen.

When we change everything do we stay the same? – Graham Coyle

I’ve noticed something about change.  I suppose that I’ve noticed this because there has been more than the usual amount of it about recently.  Especially in political terms.

I suppose the thing that I’ve noticed is the way that people respond to it.  Now, I have no interest whatsoever in commenting on the reactions that I have observed, as I do not believe that there is any great purpose to be achieved in that.  So whatever your own reaction to recent and current events, God bless you.  One observation I have though is this. 

What value our dreams? – Graham Coyle

Up until 27th June I hadn’t heard of Marcus Willis, I’d be surprised if you had.  On 29th June I, along with perhaps millions of others, watched him play Roger Federer (I’m assuming that most of you will have heard of Roger) on the centre court at Wimbledon.  In a matter of a few hours Marcus Willis had become a national celebrity.  I had seen a clip on the news of him walking through the grounds of Wimbledon and people were clamouring for his autograph.  He seemed uncertain of what to do, as if he were a bit of an imposter but eventually he paused to sign some and those that he stopped for seemed genuinely delighted.