Colin's Wise Wednesday - 15th May 2019

Sitting back home in the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg looking at my son’s pictures of his life in the Limpopo bush, a life of game ranging and photography, I’m once again struck by how amazing God’s creation is. I think back on all those sunrises and sunsets, those electric storms in the bush that set the plains alight as they illuminate the sky.  The sound of the distant rumbles as the thunder drones on and on. The flowers that appear from nowhere soon after the first rains transform the countryside into something spectacular. The cosmos that are now in full bloom. The mushrooms that appear out of elephant dung after the rain are so amazing.  Can you feel God’s presence in all of these “things”?  This morning, as I looked out the window, I once again had the white browed robin hopping around seeking the early worm to remind me of God’s presence. 
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 8th May 2019

Fifty Shades of Green describes our small garden.  Lyn and I went to the nursery last Wednesday to buy some seedlings for the hanging baskets. We bought a lot of pansies and as our garden consists mainly of two colours - white and 50 shades of green and seeing that you don’t get green pansies (really!!!!) Lyn agreed that we could get red and obviously white.  Yesterday “heavy laden” with potting soil and trays of pansies I started the process of planting.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 1st May 2019

How can you and I become part of the Easter story? This is the question that I’ve asking myself since the events of Easter Sunday.  We didn’t see the sun rise on Easter Sunday at Umhlanga - the sky was heavy laden with the threat of a pending storm, a devastating storm that would cause death and destruction. The good news is that the Son did rise to give us hope in the midst of the storms of life.
 

Colin & Lyn's Wise Wednesday - 24th April 2019

They say Easter “has come and gone”. NO!  Can Easter ever go? NO! Easter can never go. I just pray that the events of Easter linger in our lives for eternity.
 

COLIN & LYN’S WISE WEDNESDAY – 17TH APRIL 2019

Holy week is upon us. A time of deep reflection. What I would like to do this week is to share with you part of my talk/sharing I did last night at Hillside. To say I was nervous is an understatement.
 

Colin’s Wise Wednesday – 10th April 2019

Here we are 10 days before Good Friday, how has your lent journey been?
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 3rd April 2019

The sun is about to set in the bush. We drive around in search of the best advantage point to see what promises to be an awesome spectacle with a few clouds on the horizon that normally add to the scene. We arrive just in time. I reach for the camera, the focus icon blinks red the camera won’t focus, the zoom goes in and out. I get exasperated. I put the camera down and then realize what I am really missing. There in front of me is a horizon full of the various shades of red and gold, a cloud with a silver lining, a stillness that amplifies the beauty that fills my vision. This is for me alone and it’s only for right now. I try etch these details in my memory bank. One cannot adequately describe the beauty of an African sunset.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 27th March 2019

This morning we decided to do our quiet time on the patio with a cup of coffee and a rusk, who can have an early morning coffee without a rusk while in the bush? Our patio is pretty secluded on the banks of a normally dry river bed, with the river bed in front and trees all around.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 20th March 2019

Is that the alarm already? No it’s not an electronic alarm because here in the bush it's a harsh “kwali, KWALI, Kwali” of the Natal Francolin (now called the Spur Fowl) that wakes me up. What’s worse is when he makes a raucous, to put it mildly, cackling sound when he becomes alarmed. I think that is the sound I heard. I breathe deeply and sigh, time to get up I can sleep another time.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 13th March 2019

The day after I posted last week’s devotion about lent and what we would be giving up or taking on to get closer to God I came across this quote during our cell group Lent Bible Study;  The Final Weeks:
 

Colin's Wise "Ash" Wednesday - 6th March 2019

Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, begins the start of Lent. A period that we use to get closer to God, a period to renew our reliance on God. The tradition is that you give up or take on something. I do not give up coffee, or chocolate or red wine, I give up scratching my itchy skin (which is as result of my meds).  “So how will that help you get closer to God.. Colin” I hear you ask. I make a pledge that every time I feel the urge to scratch instead of scratching I think of God. It really works and wow I think of God often during Lent!   Scratching how bad can that be? I have tried everything to stop, have even been to a hypnotist for treatment but I can only control it during Lent. It may be unconventional but God uses all means to draw us closer to Him.
 

Colin’s Wise Wednesday – 27th February 2019

When I started out on our devotion on Monday I had it all planned in my mind. Then I heard my phone “beep”,  I normally ignore it if I’m busy but for some reason I looked at the message. It was a very dear friend of ours. Her 9 year old granddaughter had been declared clear from cancer on the 6th June 2018 after 10 weeks of intensive treatment. Lots of praising God and thanksgiving prayers. Her message this morning was “Georgia’s tumour is back”. I had no words for her yesterday, I was devastated and I am still battling today as I dedicate this devotion to Georgia and her family.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 13th February 2019

Welcome back to another Wednesday of sharing.  Talking about sharing how do you feel about sharing your faith and how do you go about it? Are you like me who finds it is much easier sharing with family, fellow Church goers or Church groups like FATHERS and cell groups?  But what about sharing at work or on the sports field or even with strangers? My devotion recently reflected on a businessman who was to present to a University how he became successful in business. He drew up his list but felt he’d left out the most important factor… seeking God’s guidance. His quandary was how to include it to make the point relevant and to make an impact?  Also how would it go down at a University?  Then he remembered a training course he’d been on when the most senior and well respected Lecturer said as his closing statement “Every day you will face challenges and difficult situations bigger than you….be sure you take time to pray”.  He repeated this in his presentation.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 6th February 2019

Another Wednesday, another devotion.   What does your happiness depend on?   Does your happiness depend on the car you drive, where you stay, what size house you live in, what you wear?  If the answer is yes to any of these questions you have entered into the rat race called materialism.  Can you win this race? No because there will always be a newer better car on the market;  there will always be a better suburb, a better house to move into. This race is unwinnable you are just setting yourself up for more anxiety. You will feel good when you have a lot and awful when you don’t. The cycle is predictable. In each case joy comes, then diminishes.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 30th January 2019

What a friend we have in Jesus.  That sounds awesome but how do we go about it and foster a relationship with Jesus?  How do we form friendships here on earth? I found that we need to spend time together; we need to be constantly aware of the other’s needs; we need to be trusting, open and honest; we need to show appreciation, resolve any misunderstandings and choose compassion over cynicism.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 23rd January 2019

i there, Wednesday is here again as we meet in God’s presence. I pray that God will reach you as we share together.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 2nd January 2019

When thinking about what I should share for the first devotion of the year my thoughts were along the line of reflection. I already had the pictures lined up in my mind but then a message on my cell phone prompted me to go in another direction.  The message I got was “Too much storage is slowing down the system”.   All my WhatsApp messages, pictures, videos and emails that I seldom refer to were taking up most of the space.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 26th December 2018

A Wednesday with a difference…. the Wednesday after Christmas.  The magical Christmas joy which is displayed by so many of us should be a reminder of the Christmas spirit of love, joy and peace as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. At this time of the year this spirit is evident in so many places.  We witnessed it on Sunday night as thousands of people of all ages, race and from all walks of life shared Christmas Carols at Mandela Square in Sandton.  The joy was palpable.  Wouldn’t it be great if we carried this Christmas spirit with us throughout the year?.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 18th December 2018

Last week I was brave enough (or crazy enough) to take 4 teenagers with me to our place in the bush. They needed to de-stress after the exams and Lyn preferred to have some ‘Me time’ so she stayed at home.  
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 14th December 2018

Only one Wednesday after this before Christmas so I would like to share some of my Christmas thoughts with you.