To Spring Or Not To Spring

While we were away last year up in the far north of Scotland I saw this spring, with the dusk light the spring had glowed and I had found myself drawn to it.and today I suddenly remembered it once more …

Rusty Spring… why you may wonder, well it wasn’t because my joints have suddenly seized up now I am in my 5th decade, no it was Jesus’ words in Mark’s Gospel reading this morning.

7 Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.

Jesus instructed the disciples not to take anything with them, other than a staff, the support which Moses before had know, the symbol of God’s authority, for we are so inclined to surround ourselves with stuff and rely on self rather than God.  It is highly probably that you are still wondering what that has to do with a rusty spring.  Well if I could have I would have picked that spring up and brought it home, Hubby stopped me, stopped me for all kinds of good reasons, firstly it was still attached to whatever the wagon thing had once been, secondly as can be seen in the picture the bolt and thread holding it on are also well rusted, thirdly we didn’t have room, fourthly where was it going to go and quintessentially for this mornings reading, it was unnecessary?  Not to mention it probably wouldn’t glow so endearingly once back home, okay no probably about it!  It isn’t bread, or a bag, or money, or an extra tunic but neither was it something I really needed.  It isn’t something to offer support but something to clutter and ultimately be discarded once more.

We do tend to fill our lives with things we don’t really need, want yes but need?  Things that enchant or excite, but do we need them, and more to the point what do they distract us from as they compel our time and attention.

So rather than bringing that rusty spring home I left it so it can enhance other people’s memories, maybe not in the way it enhanced mine today but in the strangest of ways leaving it there actually gives it a purpose which it wouldn’t have had, had I taken it away.  It may not be a bag or an extra tunic but it is would have still have been excess baggage and we are commanded to travel light, for our treasurer is in heaven.


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