I have completed the challenge I set for myself. Some decisions I made I were better than others and I some days I finished weary and disappointed with my own lack of self-control. Other times I reflected on great sadness and I have been amazed at the human capacity to keep going. I have been surprised by lack of awareness and misunderstanding that some people have shown and wrestled with many ethical issues. Each day in itself has been a new beginning. This has been quite a journey for me and in a way it feels very strange to be at the end.I am of the mind that whilst things begin I am unsure that they ever truly end. We will see as the days progress where this has taken me to. It has been too much to take in on occasions and I’m convinced that as time progresses more will be revealed. I have over the last 5 weeks had the privilege of being on the receiving end of acts full of love and kindness, and have had the joy of meeting people from far and wide. I would indeed do something similar another time and would encourage everyone to give something like this a go.
I have learnt several things:
Although I may never (I pray not) have a complete understanding of an asylum seekers experience I have new awareness that will stay with me for ever.
People around us are capable of amazing things and as a result I know that I am closer to them. We have shared in much.
We don’t actually need half of what we possess and through ownership we have no security. I hope this experience will continue to affect what I buy, what I give away and what I share.
It will be a long time before I eat porridge again.
Now that I am no longer ‘classified’ as an Asylum seeker I was challenged to have a go at the “Life in the UK ” test which is required of those who wish to become a British Citizen or take up permanent residence in the UK. For those that wish to have indefinite leave to stay you must prove that you know about life here. I have therefore in response to this challenge attempted a few online practice questionnaires. The actual test is 24 questions and you must have a correct answer rate of 75% or more to pass. Out of 8 tests I gained 79% in 5 and therefore passed. However, in the 3 remaining tests I would have failed with my lowest score being 66%. I don’t think that I am alone in this and feel that most of the British population would fail. There are some difficult questions, I find the parliamentary ones tough to answer. I do wonder what the test really proves. One question made me smile,
Dogs in the UK have to wear:
A) a collar with the name and address of their owner,
B) Wellington boots in the puddles to stop their feet from getting wet,
C) Sunglasses in the summer?
It’s true, it really was a question.
I still firmly believe that our way of living falls short of what is intended for us but in the presence of a lord, our saviour Jesus Christ, we, our lives and the world can be restored. The only thing we can set our sights on, rely on, provide us with strength when times are tough, heal us, is God through His Son.
” I am the way, the truth and the life . No-one comes to the Father except through me”. John Chapter 14 Verse 6.
I pray you will discover this truth for yourself. As for me and my house we will continue to walk with God and try to follow His ways. There is one verse in the Bible that particulaly sums up for me at the moment around what we should be doing with/for those around us and the world we inhabit. It is Micah Chapter 6 verse 8,
“And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
Thanks then, for all your support, contributions, encouragements and comments, I hope that we have all learnt a little on the way. I will let you know what the total sponsorship money comes to when I have collected and counted it. I am now going to prepare a family meal and see what tomorrow brings.