I have watched the news reports anxiously for the past week or so about the Volcano & ash cloud. Due to the eruption of one of the Volcanoes under the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland a cloud of ash has poured out over Europe, grounding airlines. The reason for my anxiety is that in two weeks time I am due to fly home to Ireland for the first time in more than three years. While some trips can be rescheduled, this trip is planned around my Dad’s 60th birthday bash, so would be painful to move. Thankfully now they have worked out that it is actually safe to fly in most areas and rather selfishly I’m glad that they are flying for more than two weeks before I do – both to clear the backlog but also to test if it is really safe!
It got me to thinking about my own life and asking what volcanoes stop me from flying in my Christian life. Isaiah says:
Isaiah 40:31 They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Yet more often than not we are grounded in our spiritual life, stopped from flying by an eruption of sin – often something that we thought we had dealt with – but which has lain dormant for some time. What are my volcanoes called? One of them is definitely fear and anxiety – just when I think I have stopped being anxious and fearful over silly things that are beyond my control then it can erupt again. Unlike volcanoes that we haven’t worked out how to stop when they start to erupt we can stop sin in its tracks and prevent it from bringing disruption to our lives by keeping watch.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
What is your volcano called?