London Edwardians 2s (2 - 2) Surbiton 3s
Stay Humble and Do Your Job (by the Reverend Chris Lee)
When I lived in Tanzania, East Africa, as a missionary, I was asked to preach at a church in a very remote area, on the side of a mountain, in a forest, where three tribes met to pray and worship God. They asked me to preach on Easter Sunday! I accepted and drove the many hours to go and preach at this wonderful location. As I stood outside the church next to my Land Rover putting on my robes to go in and preach, I suddenly started to think, wow look at this location, I must be the only mnzungu (foreigner) that’s been here, I started to think how they asked me to preach - how I am a missionary in Africa? How great is this calling? Wow, how great am I? Arrogance had made its way into my heart, God in his gentleness and grace moved me to see some small holes in the ground just outside the church. I walked over to them and looked down. The holes were filled with thousands of termites. They moved with great ease in and out of each other, each one of them had a single grain of sand between their tiny pincers. They were moving to the top of the holes depositing their grain of sand there and then returning down below to get another grain. One of the great things about termite mounds is they are huge, they can raise up out of the ground 20 to 30 feet! What’s also cool is the way they place each grain of sand with a little bit of saliva which means that the structure is solid, really solid, you can’t break it up save for some pretty heavy equipment. Also whatever you see above the surface is three times as big below!
The Lord spoke to me as I saw them. He said ‘I have given you a grain of sand, this, your calling is your grain, do with it what I ask. When it is done come and get another grain. What I require is your obedience, I have my children all over the world each with their grain, and when each does what I ask I will build a kingdom growing out if this earth that will be indestructible. Don’t compare your grain to others, because what you see on the surface is nothing in comparison with what I’m doing with your obedience below in the unseen! You can’t see, nor understand what’s going on.
When we went to play Surbiton at the weekend, we each had a role to play, each of us had our grain of sand, our task, to play the best we could, in our position, to win our personal battle with our opponent, when we do this, it is the team that benefit and wins. Our captain Will led us on a safari at the beginning of the day, ending in a car park and on rubble but he was trying to carry his grain and obedience doesn’t mean it will be easy! As seen when Jonny Knight had a strop!
The game began and we all went to work. Huss carried his grain when he took a wild, rarely made shot to score into the top right corner! Matt was carrying his grain, when he did his job, repeatedly repelling the shots of a decent opposition. At times grains can be dropped like I (Rev) did when given an open goal, I choked and didn’t take the opportunity with enough urgency! However I picked it up again quickly, with the help of others, being part of a move that got us a short which led to the equaliser. Jonny Knight held his grain, when he deflected a ball above the Keeper to secure the draw. Saint Meller reminded us after the game to Stay Humble! 3 games 7 points, we could allow this to creep into our hearts and give the devil a foothold, but remember the termites! What’s your grain? Carry it, do your job, then get another one! Together we will be raised up and win this league.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and unity of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and ever more. AMEN!!!!