Following Jesus in the Urban Desert
The third bus is full to the gunnels again, it’s 8.37 and I am not sure I going to make it to work on time, taxi goes by with a light on, but the woman ahead in the sharp suit steps in quicker. i missed my alarm again… agitated start to the day… trying to stem the frustration at indiscipline within. Ken why can’t you sort the buses?
In the city, the streets team with grey and black as people hurry their way to offices the Bank Of England towers over us reminding us of a former age of magnificent wealth… the mercedes show room on King William street… Clinton cards has cheap red ballons for valentines day… the smiles from the starbucks sellers… cafe latte… the grins of the security guards at the front desk… 6th floor and the long walk across the floor to my desk with Tony and Lisa at the end… black screen springs to life for another day of staring at the monitor… morning… chat… croissant… order lunch… emails… legal agreements… numbers… banter… complaints…. chicken curry… a treat… bbc website for the latest football news… afternoon and the more of the same… sunset over Southwark cathedral but the blinds are closed, so take a walk… afternoon cafeine… 5.30… the journey home… it’s raining… my feet slide on the pavement… people slipping away in the shadows to their homes… bus is on time… lights on the Gherkin… Old street roundabout… short walk past the northgate pub… the alsation is quiet tonight… no one is home at Oakley yet.
Where do I see God or meet him in the day that goes by? What do I see of Him in the world around me that inspires me or gives an image of relationship with Him, either absence, presence, joy etc? Lent is a time of reflection and drawing closer to God in preparation for Easter coming. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert: lonely, frustrated, tempted, hungry, thirsty and tested, battered by the elements, tested in his identity as the Son of God.
The city with its many pressures and voices of desire and persuasion can have a similar impact on our lives, deceiving and distorting our grip on eternal realities, of who we are in Christ.