A Desired Haven

A Desired Haven

26 June 2008

Back on March 11 of this year, I came upon the following verses in the course of my daily Bible reading, "He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle ... He guided them to their desired haven."  (Psalm 107.7 and 30)

At that time I did not really feel ready to give up our faith-"adventure" of the past two and a half years. But in my heart I nevertheless recognised that we had probably "done our dash" so far as living out of two suitcases and the boot of a car was concerned.

About a month later we returned to Auckland for meetings, where very old and dear friends invited us to live in their house, while they moved next door for two years. For some weeks we prayerfully pondered this "door" and concluded (after some wrestlings and debatings) that it was in fact the fulfillment of the promise of Psalm 107. Thus, we moved our possessions out of storage (on June 10) and into our "desired haven". We are now hidden away in bush close to the beach in that old part of Howick where Penny and I spent our childhood ... but a few steps from the church where we attended Sunday school and Bible class together.

With the Psalmist (107.30-31) we "give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men".

So, we have settled, but continue our journey. We are housed, but not caged. We have landed, but will continue to fly.

"They founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest."  (Psalm 107.36-37)