Let’s take the roof off


Whenever I read the verses below, the song “Right Said Fred” sung by Bernard Cribbins, comes to mind.


One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.  Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed.  They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus.  When he saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’ Luke 5:17-26



I have “bodged” so many times.  Plan A is a good plan, a well thought-out plan, it is a plan that will work.  Plan A is the plan of all plans.  Plan A is The Solution.  And off I go with the right tools and bits to start, to do, to finish, and to be lauded and applauded by all and sundry.  Then one bit won’t move … is a different size … is connected to something it shouldn’t be … or just snaps.  It’s not that Plan A was the wrong plan, Plan A is still the right plan.  Just not the plan that will work at this juncture.

I never have a Plan B (or C,D,E,,,,,).  I seem to move from Plan A to “bodge mode” seamlessly.  Bodging is beautifully described in the song above.  Bodging is what the men in the verses do.

I think bodging is walking in faith.

Walking in faith is having a Plan A and no Plan B, C, D, E,,,,,,  Walking in faith is having faith.  Walking in faith is not needing a plan for every letter of the alphabet.  Walking in faith is not needing all the tools and bits to work.  Walking in faith is not knowing.  Walking in faith is walking one step at a time listening for when to put a foot down, where to put a foot down, when to lift a foot, how high to lift it.  Walking in faith is bodging.

I like walking in faith.  Walking in faith is like exploring without a map.  Exploring a landscape that is safe.  A landscape not only created just for me, but that changes as I change and move through it.  Why would I not want to walk in faith?  Why would I need to know where each path leads, what each decision brings, why each plan must succeed in its entirety … ?

Why would I need to know I am safe before I begin anything when I am always safe …

Unless I prefer fear … prefer control … prefer not faith but evidence and proof (and all those things atheists are told they are wrong to need and expect)?

I am a great bodger.

And I am always safe.


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