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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Dalziel

Standing (03-08-2021)

Reading Psalm 93

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty.

Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.


Last week, while doing the washing-up at my parents’ house, I noticed a large seagull on the grass opposite the house that appeared to be standing on just one leg. There are a lot of seagulls in Lincoln, it is after all much closer to the coast than we are in Northamptonshire, and so it is not unusual to see them. I watched the gull for a little while to see if it was simply that the other leg was hidden behind the one that I could see or if the bird only had one leg. As I watched it became apparent that the bird did indeed only have one leg. It seemed to be managing amazingly well hopping about.

I was told a few weeks ago that, as we get older, it is good to practice standing on one leg as it helps with your balance so I have been trying to stand on one leg as often as I can. It was suggested that you could stand on one leg while you cleaning your teeth; I tried but it didn’t work for me. I have found that standing on one leg while waiting for the watering can to fill up from the water butt has worked much better provided you are standing on a piece of ground that is both level and solid. The problem with the garden is that a lot of ground is not level or particularly solid and standing on one leg requires a firm foundation under you.

Sometimes in life we may feel that we are trying to do things while standing on just one leg. We may feel that we are trying to retain our balance but that life is making it difficult and we might fall over at any moment. At times like these we need to make sure that we have a firm footing, that our foundation is solid and that we are standing on ground that is secure. At times like these we need to remember that our faith is in a God whose promises are secure and that we stand on these promises. So even if we feel as if we are standing on just one leg, God will ensure that all will be well and with the psalmist we will be able to say that ‘Your statutes, Lord, stand firm’ even when we wobble.


Thank you Lord, that even when life makes us feel insecure, you are always with us.


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