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The Work of the Creator

Liz is in a fellowship band in Chesterfield, England. She shared this story with us

My Gran used to go to South Africa a lot and there was a special shell on the beaches there called a Pansy shell. It is an amazing work of nature that is only found in South Africa. She gave me one of the delicate pansy shells after a trip to South Africa years ago and I still have it wrapped in tissue paper. When she died, she had some earrings with the pansy shell design on and I decided to keep them.

Years have gone by, and I hadn’t worn the earrings for a long time. Out of the blue a few months ago, one of the earrings appeared on the bathroom windowsill. I have no idea why it was there. I hadn’t put it there. Nor my husband. It was so strange it just appeared there!  I picked it up, remembering my Gran and thought it would be good to wear the earings again. I found the other one in my jewelry box. However, as with all silver, they had got very tarnished and dirty. So I got my silver cleaning cloth and cleaned them up. The cloth was very dirty when I had finished, but the earings were now shiny and bright. I was amazed how much more detail of the design I could see. The intricacy of the etching of the shell on the front. But as I turned them over to the back of the earing, I saw that the name of the designer was there, “Hand sculpted Jak”. I had never known that was there, and before I cleaned them you could see nothing on the back at all.

God spoke to me very clearly at that moment challenging me as to consider what tarnished me and stopped others from seeing my creator, God, in me.  I am His hand made creation,  and yet there are times when distractions of all kinds tarnish me, obscuring my Creator.

What tarnishes you? What distractions do you need to remove from your life to come closer to God and allow the Creator to be seen in you more clearly?


“Thanks so much for the teaching sessions this year. I found them inspirational and I love the discussion format – it really engages those present, and we learn so much more than listening to a talk. It is one of the few places that ministers get “fed” and so is very valuable to us”

“I have been helped (by Inspire) to practice God’s presence more intentionally in my everyday life and seeing God at work to pray and see answers to pray and see God working in the lives of those I come across in my daily life and in the life of the other participants.” Belfast, 2017

“I have been so blessed in prayer band, its hard to think how my Christian life progressed before I had this support, encouragement and missional mindset.” Enniskillen, 2017

“Using this format (fellowship band), and the ideas from Inspire has been the most formative and indeed inspiring ‘thing’ for want of a better word, that I have been part of for years.”

“The Inspire Learning Community has helped me to intentionally reflect on where God is at work. It has given me to the space to explore, reflect, & learn more about what it means to ‘church’.”Dublin, 2017

“When you are with other people in band, truth becomes the louder voice over shame and guilt. Fellowship band gives Truth it’s place as priority over our lives.” Ballynahinch, 2017

“I feel more confident in who I am as a Christian but also as a leader in Christian ministry.”

Our Learning Community became a time of blessing when we were challenged to recognise and accept the missional presence of God in our lives, and to consider the practical implication of the great commission directives for our group as a mission base. Mitchelstown, 2017

The difference already that Band has made to my life? It has got me through some really difficult times building me up and encouraging me.  It has led me into new and exciting things and it is always a time where we encounter God.  We come away blessed because we have met with God and … Continue reading

“No matter how tired I have been going to these sessions I have always come away spiritually encouraged, refreshed and enthused to continue on in God’s mission wherever I am.”

“From the Inspire sessions, I have being trying to practice the Presence of God in a more consistent way and am slowly improving! I have found this good, and I am so reminded of His presence during the day and at the end of the day. I am much more aware of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading