The weather has been so hot that I thought I’d save the writing of my next blog for a rainy day. I’m on the train on the way to work and it is indeed raining! Although we like to moan about the rain in this country it is a welcome relief from the seemingly endless weeks of baking sunshine. The ground is dry, the plants are dying and at times the humidity and soaring temperatures have been energy sapping and sleep depriving. No doubt when we’ve had six weeks of solid rain, we’ll all be longing for some sunshine!
So which is better? To have endless sunshine or continual rain?
Well, quite simply, neither! We need both sunshine and rain to survive. In a perfect world we’d have the perfect balance of both. Too much rain and we get floods. Too much sunshine and we get drought.
The same can be said of our lives. We all go through different seasons in life. I’ve been through times where I feel parched, dry and everything around me seems to be shrivelling up in the heat of the trial I am experiencing. There are other times when there is a downpour of opportunity, growth and progress. There are times of wandering in the desert and times of enjoying the oasis. I realise that this is the pattern of life and I need both seasons in order to grow in my character and faith.
Jesus experienced times of wilderness and dryness, for example when he was in the desert for 40 days, but that was all part of the preparation for his fruitful ministry where there was growth as he invested in his disciples and came to fulfil his purpose in saving us from death and bringing his Kingdom to earth. Almost every great Bible character experienced times of hardship, testing, trial and drought before being released into a time of abundance, and an outpouring of God’s favour in their lives, leading to an advance of their ministry in the gospel.
Why am I saying all this? It’s an encouragement to keep going in during the times of drought because the rain will come. It may take years, or even decades, but the important thing is to remain in close relationship with Jesus. It may be uncomfortable; indeed, it may be unbearable, but it will not last forever. Don’t be like the Israelites who moaned and complained about their predicament as they wandered around the desert for 40 years, forgetting to look back at God’s provision and faithfulness. Remember what God has done for you in the past and cling to the promises he’s given and the dreams he’s laid on your heart. Understand that there is a season for everything and find reason to worship him in every situation.
And now for a news update!
I’ve finished building my home studio, and it’s fully functional! It took me a few weeks longer than anticipated (DIY always does!) but I’m really pleased with the finished project and it’s amazing to have a dedicated space for writing, recording and doing admin. It also doubles up as a chill out and prayer area for me and my wife – a little haven away from the busyness of life.
I’ve already started recording some demos for my new EP. I aim to produce a record of 5 songs to be released in Spring next year. After making enquiries with a few studios and producers I decided to work with Jez Nunn and the guys from Lion of Judah, who are based in Haywards Heath. If you haven’t heard of them, check out their music online. They’ve played at Big Church Day out and Creation Fest this year and are making some great music! I’m really looking forward to working with them and producing a top quality EP.
My plan is to release a single in the next few months as a precursor to the main EP, and then to do some crowdfunding to raise funds for the rest of the project and give people the opportunity to share in the journey with me. I’ll post some details of how to get involved nearer the time, but in the meantime the best way to keep up to date is by signing up to my mailing list.
I’ve not had many gigs or events recently (it’s been a dry spell!) but this is partly because of staring a new job and adjusting to a different working environment and a longer commute to work. I hope to book some more gigs soon so watch this space. I did have the opportunity to play a few songs at KingsStock Music Festival in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire this weekend on their Clearing Stage. We also spent a few hours there as a family on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great little festival that with some quality music and a relaxed family feel. Check it our for next year because it definitely deserves a bigger turnout.
I continue to start new songs, but I’m having trouble finishing them! I’ve got about 20 ideas on the go at the moment. Hopefully some of them will develop into decent songs, but more often than not it’s a process that involves perspiration, not inspiration!
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading and God Bless.