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The Unseen God

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The Unseen God

Earlier in the service we heard words read from the Prophet Isaiah in which the hope is expressed that those who wait for God will renew their strength. Isaiah also draws a picture of rising on wings like Eagles. We would all admit that a soaring eagle is a beautiful sight. Ian’s often used to say “It is hard to fly with the eagles when one is surrounded by turkeys”
Isaiah is talking about the unseen God and for a moment I wish to express something of this unseen God and how he impacted on Ian in particular and the rest of us in general
Let me take a moment of your time to talk about the unseen God.
Ian’s interests were very much in the outdoors and he loved nothing more than to be in the midst of the grandeur of creation.
And along with his love for Susan He had a love for music whether it be the sound of the Tui or the cicada or a hymn or a modern piece of music like Lep Zeppelins stairway to heaven.
Music, is one of the senses we have that elicits emotional responses in our lives, that bring the unseen God into our reality and thinking.
the outdoors , Susan and his faith are the constants in Ian's life.
If we take music or song as a guide and while Parkinson's is a life changing issue, a good song for Ian would be“Shake Rattle and Roll”.
However the one unshakable reality in Ian’s life was his faith in the Unseen God.
I believe that in those moments when something touches us from outside the norm we have had an encounter with the unseen God like the young man called into the All Blacks v France and standing with Tears streaming down his face during the singing of the national anthem, or a quiet deeply personal moment that elicits a memory as a piece of music brings the recall of something important. Sometimes it is because is something we like for the poetry that we find in the rhythm. It is hard not to see Torvel and Deans at the Olympics when one hears Bolero . If I think about the Mother Superior from Song of Music with her deep Alto singing Climb Every Mountain and I think of Ian on the side of the mountain in his element
It is that unseen God at work again
It is one way in which the unseen God touches us with his healing presence and gives us the courage to carry on.
Laurie O Reilly the children’s commissioner who tragically died of Cancer wrote a powerful poem in which he said Cancer does not define me, i am more than my condition. It has been by pleasure and privilege to know Ian for the past two years and in that time to see a man shaking, struggling at times to swallow, sometimes speaking in a way that was hard to understand, yet still able to laugh with you. And above that to see a man whose absolute faith and rock solid commitment to the unseen God never wavered.
Many people pray for healing and on occasions a miracle takes place here on earth, and sometimes for no apparent reason the miracle does not. However Ian was in a physical sense when he moved from the unseen God to the seen God the miracle happened for him
While we are left with the unseen God for a little longer, I am not going to suggest that Ian rest in peace, for I see him in his tramping boots wandering in the hills of the new Jerusalem, listening to the music of nature
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