Cambridge terms run for 8 weeks, Thursday-Wednesday, and people here often keep track of where they are in term by marking the fact that we are ‘near the end of Week 1’ etc. There is also the notoriety of the ‘Week 5 blues’ – supposedly because most people are worn out by that point in the term, but find themselves only at the half-way point.
Last term, to make the way we relate to the different weeks a little more positive, Siân and I named the weeks by different fruits of the spirit. This term, the weeks are going to be named after ‘the armour of God’, which can be found in Ephesians 6.
Rachel – A constant for the unconstants
I don’t know whether you ever feel like you are about five different people. Sometimes ‘who I am’ appears to depend on how I am feeling and where I am and who I am with. Which is what I think makes people that you know from wildly different contexts meeting one another a disconcerting experience. It forces a reconciliation of the different people you know yourself to be, back into the one person you are in actual fact.
Sometimes I have days of exuberance, of being really chatty and bouncy and un-containable. Other days are ones of seeking to be settled and contained. With all the changes life brings, I can find it hard to know myself. I spend a lot of time around me, and yet I’m a little tricky to pin down. Sometimes people ask me how I am, and I think ‘I don’t actually know‘ or they ask how my day has been, and I think ‘oh, I don’t know what today has been for me‘.
I am thankful that in the midst of all that changes, there is something secure that will hold together. I have been wondering at what it is to have truth this week. For all those times that I feel uncertain, the truth of the resurrection offers grace in which I can seek refuge.
At HT’s student night we are currently going through Romans 8, and a group of us are reading through this chapter every day during the first few weeks we are studying it. This is the final part of that chapter. It states:
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is truth that is constant amidst the unconstants. It is an anchor that helps me navigate. In a busy first week of term including points of feeling a bit adrift, it is something that I have been able to rest on.
I put on the belt of truth.
Reflect – some questions to ask yourself:
- What truth is most fundamental in your life? Do you think truth is important? Do you seek out truth?
- Is the unending love of God for who you are a truth you accept? Do you believe that you are fully loved, and what reasoning would you give for this? How would your life change if you knew this to be true?
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.