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I am reading Randolph Stow’s story, The Merry-go-round in the Sea because a friend sent it to me when he heard we were headed for Geraldton. I have been struck by the author’s word-pictures which I can see around me in town and country. I’m loving it!
The story is told through the eyes of a young boy and his life growing up in this area during the war years.
‘The boy’s life had no progression, his days led nowhere. He woke in the morning in his room, and at night he slept: the wheel turning full circle, the merry-go-round of his life revolving. There had been a jolt, with Rick’s going, but the grief faded,…. and the merry-go-round had bumped, jolting a little on its iron stays, and then grown steady again and gone on turning.’
The boy would not have been the first one to feel life can be like a merry-go-round. It need not be so, and it is not inevitable. How happy are those who are caught up in God’s loving purposes for us and who can step forward in hope.
‘For me to live is Christ’, writes St Paul in his letter to the Philippians and even though he writes from the frustration of a prison cell, rejoices that even his own adverse circumstances can be used for good in the over-arching purposes of God.
We step off the spinning merry-go-round when we embrace the loving purposes of God through faith in his Son.