Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 June 2011 Isaiah 5: 27‏

Isaiah 5:27.     None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken.
Oh Friends, it’s Friday! A cloudy looking one in my area, but nonetheless all around the world voices are thankfully chorusing ‘TGIF! Thank God is Friday! TGIF! Thank God is Friday!’ looking forward to the upcoming weekend. So without further ado, let’s chant our Friday Chant. ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ Ah Friends, I don’t know if anybody needs that healing, cleansing and rejuvenation this morning more than the ole fella nuh. That’s because yesterday I decided to reintegrate my old body into the general society. It’s been five weeks since my surgery, time to be up and about in the world. The main reason I chose yesterday for that auspicious occasion though was because a choir, The Music Amateurs, from sweet Tobago was up here and putting on a concert in downtown Toronto. Now how could I pass up the opportunity to hear beautiful voices in song from God’s little acre eh? (smile) In addition to that, the choir director has over the years been my teacher, friend and mentor, but we hadn’t seen each other in a long time, so that seemed to be the ideal time to renew the friendship and meet each other’s families. The music was obviously fantastic! What else would you expect from a choir that has won the prestigious ‘Lions’ Trophy’ as the Most Outstanding Choir in T & T’s National Biennial Music Festival, the last four times, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. The guest artist, Macomere Fifi, the reigning Calypso Monarch of Canada, a born and bred Tobago gal, was also wonderful! However, on the downside, I don’t know if I could have chosen a worse day to go into Toronto. Steups! I left home around six p.m, but did not get into T.O. until after seven. Oh brother! Every major artery seemed to be a parking lot; eight and twelve lanes of traffic just standing still or merely crawling along. Then coming back home, around ten fifteen, it was almost the same thing. And that seems to happen everyday in many cities of the world. How could the workforce not be tired, disgruntled, resentful and nowhere near as productive as they should be when they have to sit in traffic for hours every day, five days a week? But instead of trying to solve that major problem, our brilliant governments and greedy company executives are more concerned about cost cuts and increased profits at their individual companies, when simply reducing the traffic problem would go a long way towards bettering those figures. And I can say this, because after all that sitting down; two hours in the concert, and three in a cramped car in stop and go traffic, when I got home last night I felt a tiredness like I haven’t felt in a long while. Granted I’m not in tiptop shape, but anybody who has to go through that stuff every day will never be as productive or enthusiastic as they should be. That tiredness further disrupted my already disrupted sleep patterns and I struggled to get up this morning, the reason why the Bit’s so late. It brought to mind the words of an old Prince Buster song, though the circumstances here were entirely different. (smile) ‘It was a rough night…It was a hard night…I feel so mash up today…’ Yeh mih people, the ole fella feeling real mash up this morning, but since we have such a wonderful Saviour in Jesus Christ looking out for us, we know that that too shall pass and we need to press on regardless. And as I am penning these words, I am already beginning to feel better. ‘Praise the Lord!’ Now lemme see if I can find a Bit to suit this. (smile) Today seems to be a real smiley smiley day. And why not eh? Smiles are good for both the body and the soul. No problems mih breddren! I found a Bit in no time at all! It was right there waiting for me. Oh the goodness of our God! It’s one of His faithful promises: ‘None shall be weary nor stumble among them: none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of (belt on) their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes (strap of their sandals) be broken.’ So Friends, even in all the doom and gloom, the destruction of the faithless, the wicked and His backsliding people, the Lord interjects a ray of hope for the righteous. ‘For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is still stretched out.’ (Is.5:25b) Please remember that my brethren. Though we may invoke the Lord’s wrath and anger by our sinful, ungodly behaviour, there is always, I repeat, there is always a chance, no, not a chance, but a sure hope of forgiveness and redemption if we acknowledge our transgressions. But we have to do that while we’re alive here on earth, like RIGHT NOW! So please, let’s be wise and turn to the One who so LOVINGLY moulded us and breathed the breath of life into our frail bodies, so that at the end, when our bodies return to the dust from which they were made, that breath of life will return to the Father and live with Him forever. Much LOVE!…to know, know, know Him…is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Him…

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