Each month a different member of the Trinity congregation prepares a few words which we hope that you will find interesting and thought-provoking.
Picture the scene: my daughter in Ireland has just had a supermarket delivery, and her partner is busy checking the order. Twenty minutes later there’s a knock at the door. It’s the delivery driver – his van is stuck on the gravel. Now, there’s no need to drive on the gravel – plenty of hard standing for two or three cars. There’s weed preventing mesh under the gravel, forming soft ground for unsuspecting wheels. There follow several unsuccessful attempts with planks of wood to give the wheels some purchase. It is now approaching three hours since the van became stuck. The delivery van driver had phoned for a rescue truck but that driver didn’t want to risk his vehicle on the drive.
Suddenly, a vehicle pulls in on the drive. In my daughter’s words “a random van driver” had noticed their predicament and offered help. The delivery van didn’t have a tow bar, so the rescuer attached cables to the back axle and managed to pull the delivery van clear. Helena, ever resourceful, took photos of the damage to the gravel and they are now pursuing an insurance claim with the supermarket.
What can we learn from this? It reminds me of the parable of the house built on sand where the foundations were washed away; the house built on solid rock stood firm. As the Sunday school chorus has it:
“On Christ the solid ground I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.”
P.S. Helena and Damien are still awaiting repairs. Ireland’s still in lock-down and the builders’ merchants are closed.
The family of zebra finches is doing well; Trixie the cat has learned how to turn off the television in mid programme!
Rosie Berry, an Elder at Trinity.