A Noble Quest

The witterings of a sorely deluded soul who enjoys debate with herself and others.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The A/Theism Triangle

The divide between atheists and theists, is most likely shaped like a triangle. The huge looming difference at the bottom being that one side believes in a deity, the other side doesn't. This of course, is the definition of the words, and these definitions, clearly demonstrate the diametric opposition found in this great debate. The base of the triangle is the difference, and is connected to the sides because arguments often ensue (as well as friendship, I positively add). The tip of the triangle is the common factor, because, unbelievably perhaps, there is indeed a common factor. Humanity. We are all human beings. Scuttling, prancing, little, but ever so wonderful human beings. 

If you’re wondering why I chose red, it’s because red is the symbol of passion, love, anger, romance, blood, evil, guilt, sin, courage, sacrifice, danger, loyalty, courage, sex, heroism… Or maybe I just like the colour red, you decide. 

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Lord, Trusting and Exams

Huzzah! (Seriously, that word is underused.) I have passed my exams and am off to university! I am studying archaeology at the University of York so I am terribly excited and also frightfully relieved. Throughout my summers holidays I have been worrying, getting all worked up into a dreadful tiz; there are metaphorical torn hair strewn around everywhere. My sleeping pattern was truly woeful, even my dreams' knees were knocking.

The real issue here is that I carried my burden alone. 

I received my results on Thursday afternoon, it took me until Wednesday night to ask for help. The benefits were just mind-blowing. The Lord had helped me through my exams and I attempted to exclude Him from waiting for the results. I allowed a great fear to dwell within me. 
I sat on my bed one Wednesday night, it was fast approaching midnight. I picked up my Bible and flicked to Matthew 11:28, for I have the corner of the page folded.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ explicitly offers His support and His help. My, I could have done with Him for the whole of June. I felt this inkling, this little urge, a little push to go and read some of the Psalms. 

3 But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head. 4 I cry aloud to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me. (Psalms 3:3-5)

8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety. (Psalms 4:8)

Let me say, I slept peacefully that night and woke up refreshed and at ease. My body was drained of all the nerves and I felt Jesus' love inside. He calmed me like He calmed the sea. I thank Him so much for His kindness, God helped me through my exams and once I trusted in Him, He reached out and banished my anxieties. Being touched by God's grace is wonderful, opening up to Him and being completely trusting works. By His grace and His will, I passed, May His will be done.