Sandyknowes Blog

Living beside the busiest roundabout in Northern Ireland gives plenty of opportunity for watching the world go by. Sandyknowes Blog is the personal blog of Niall Lockhart (minister of Ballyhenry). Pull in and have a read…

‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’ (Revelation 3 vs 20)

You hear a knock at the door. Who is it? It’s Amazon making a delivery. It’s the postman leaving off a parcel. It’s someone calling to read your electric metre. Often, these days, when someone knocks at your front door they do so for functional reason. A quick ‘hello’, a quick signature, and they are away again.

‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41 vs 10)


That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

‘Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his face always.’ (1 Chronicles 16 vs 11 NIV)

There can be times in life when we don’t really know what to do and we aren’t really sure where to turn. Yet the challenge is that doing nothing often isn’t an option. Each new throws us into situations where we have choices to make, actions to take. Life goes on.

‘When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.’ (Deuteronomy 8 vs