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Becoming Real – Day 18

Becoming Real: 40 Days with the Velveteen Rabbit 

Day 18 – Tuesday after Third Sunday of Lent – 9th March 2010

To Read:

That was a wonderful Summer!

Near the house where they lived there was a wood, and in the long June evening the Boy liked to go there after tea to play.  He took the Velveteen Rabbit with him, and before he wandered off to pick flowers, or play at brigands among the trees, he always made the Rabbit a little nest somewhere among the bracken, where he would be quite cosy, for he was a kind-hearted little boy and he liked Bunny to be comfortable. 

from The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams

To Reflect:

Whenever I have found that God is nudging me into a different area of vocation, be it a physical move or a change of role, I have always been surprised at the wonderful way in which God’s economy works.

Not only does God call us to areas of work where we have the skills and abilities we need, but God also provides all that is required (resources, people, place) for that work to prosper and, most surprising of all, God often calls us to work which we are not only good at but enjoy as well!


So it is that today we find our rabbit, having discovered a new relationship with the boy, is led through a ‘wonderful summer’. A time of complete joy where all that happens is centred around the relationship between the rabbit and the boy. The rabbit is content, no, excited, to be taken by the boy anywhere and everywhere. The rabbit is secure in the care of the boy knowing that there will always be a nest made for him by the kind-hearted child who had made him ‘real’.

Why should it surprise us if God should want to do any less in our lives? Why do I so often give up on the call of God because of the fear of where God will lead me? The God we worship – definitely a kindhearted God – loves us, wants the best for us, always watches over us. Why then do we so often say no?

To Pray:

God in heaven and in my life, guide me and protect me.
I so often believe I can save myself and I always end in failure.
Lead me with your love
away from harm and guide me on the right path.
May your Spirit inspire me
and make me an instrument of your love and guidance.
Thank you for your care for me.

© Andrew Dotchin – 2018

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