Looking in to the Warrumbungles from the southwest, 2011


Blondie wears black tights that are too small, and too thin. She wears a black velour jumper, which is far too short for modesty. Her hair is lacquered down as though she wears an invisible skull cap, but with an unvarying see-through peroxide halo of frizz sculpted around her face.

She never changes her outfit. Her plump figure oscillates between comical, pathetic, and grotesque. Sometimes it gravitates towards amazing; the entire uniform persisted during the 40+ heat wave.

Blondie visits her aged parents twice a week, walking through heat or cold. Her sister arrives occasionally, in her classy BMW, coiffed and clothed to suit. She pulls into the driveway, honks impatiently for mum, and sometimes Blondie, to leave the flat and climb in. They return after an hour or so, and she sits again, as Blondie unloads the grocery shopping, and carries it to the door. Then she drives off.

Some days, with thinly disguised impatience, she leaps out, dumps the bags from the boot into the gutter, and roars off. If Blondie is there, she carries the bags inside for mum, as usual, and leaves much later. Too often, the shiny black tights reveal she wears white knickers.

Who are the faithful people of God? Are they the respectable ones who keep the rules, and say they believe the right things? Or are they those who do what God wants. "You will know them by their fruits," says Jesus in Matthew 7:16. And Paul says in Romans 2

13For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God's sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. 15They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts...

What will your belief do today?

Andrew Prior
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