I want to record this, so I can look back and read it if things change!
Right now, I am aware of waves of well being breaking over me.
We are living in a lovely apartment with a beautiful view. Though the dawns are often grey in this season, the sun soon breaks through and the skies clear. The mountain may be shrouded in mist at 8:30 am but by 9 it slowly appears again with all its grooves and ridges.
On some mornings we can see the Atlas mountains and the coast of Morrocco - one day, we will take that ferry and visit. It will require speaking French, but an adventure to savour.
The word for clear skies in Spanish is 'cielos despejados' - the same word, 'despejadamente' is used for 'speaking clearly' - a beautiful metaphor for honesty and frankness.
The weather is cooling somewhat and I have celebrated my first Spanish birthday in the place of our retirement. Every day, we meet people of different nationalities and while it does suit their economy - no doubt about that - the Spanish are far more accepting of their foreign neighbours than we are in the UK. I feel for them as they must walk down the streets of their iconic villages and hear not one native tongue, but rather English, Danish, German and Russian. In the UK we feel invaded by other nations, in this part of Spain, they learn the visitors' language and serve them!
On Sunday we went to the Evangelical Church service in Fuengirola, held in the Swedish church on the front. We were met with a warm welcome, and the leader - our friend, Rev. Ian Bell invited us up front to speak - no warning!!
We had an opportunity to speak of God's goodness. As Christians, we don't expect to ever fully retire - as St Paul reminded us in his letter to the Phillipians, "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain". We truly believe the Lord uprooted us a year early from Hornchurch, not just for their benefit (!), but possibly because he has a job for us to do here. We look forward to knowing what and where that is.
A few years ago, I thought a lot about - "Putting on Christ" and then as now, I believe just as we "put on" clothes that others may see us, we "put on " Christ that others may see Him in us. We are a 'work in progress' but we truly believe He can use us to His honour and Glory.
John just looked out and actually sighed in contentment - so we both feel the same - thankful and content.