It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it

I spent a nice weekend at our summer house. You know, the raspberries are already ripened, and I wanted to tell you a story about raspberries.

Raspberries grow in our yard in our cummer home. My parents once planted them and they are actually quite tasty, a bit sour though, but there are other raspberries growing next to them. These raspberries bear juicy, very sweet and large berries well. No one knows where they came from or how they were formed. Presumably, some bird brought them.

Isn’t it sometimes the case when we really want something and then we are very eager to obtain it, but the result is either something like “it’s okay if there’s nothing better” or it bears sour fruits. I mean here, for example, that you have been single for a very long time and then you think that you will go and get to know someone but end up in adventures that you shouldn’t have survived. In general, it would be wiser to be rather careful about who we get acquianted with. I was once very naive, but luckily life makes its own corrections. Now I think that you have to be careful both in the world and in the church. Not all brothers in the church are believers. You should be especially careful when some “clergy man” wants to establish a relationship, because when that bright blue dream bursts and you realize that there are also “clergy” who are written in quotation marks, then it’s quite difficult to put yourself back together again, and I’m not alluding to the recent scandal here in Estonia.

So I would call for vigilance, so that when a clergyman approaches, one does not look for red flags, but for a whole red sail. This is not because the clergy are hypocrites. No, they are simply more prone to all kinds of temptations and satan attacks them more than perhaps the average believer.

There is no such thing as some inexplicable “default” protection over you if you are a believer. You yourself must obey the warning of the Holy Spirit and not ignore it.

You must have the guidance of the Holy Spirit, obedience, a brain, discernment of spirits, a sharp eye, advisers etc.

But despite this warning, if some bird brings juicy raspberries to your “garden”, then be happy. Of course, it would be wise to wait and see what will grow there. Otherwise, you expect raspberries, but the bird brought a thistle instead, or God forbid, a poison hemlock instead.

Blessings

Joy Nurme

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