Monday, 18 December 2017

Colorado thought

WHEN I agreed to write the thought for this week, I believed I would be doing it sitting in my study in  Whitchurch.

WHEN I agreed to write the thought for this week, I believed I would be doing it sitting in my study in  Whitchurch.

Instead I am sitting in a friend?s house in a town near Denver, Colorado, with thick snow lying outside and more falling fast and a temperature of -12C.

But it is warm and peaceful in the house.

We are so protected from the weather these days yet it can still take us by surprise and cause danger and confusion when we have to decide whether to go out into the storm or stay in until it stops.

Life can be like that, too. We think we are going along fine and then something happens that turns the future into thick swirling whiteness. It might be an illness, a redundancy, an unexpected expense, a child?s misbehaviour ? any number of things.

We thought we were going along smoothly, nothing to stop us, and then bang ? it?s a whiteout and we no longer know what to do or which way to go. It is then that we need to remember that God promises not to keep us from the storms but to go through them with us: ?Fear not, for I am with you: Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.?

Those words were written thousands of years ago and appear in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament.

Throughout the centuries, Christians have relied on them and found them to be true. God is with us in the difficult times and will support us when we feel we cannot go on any longer.

So whether it?s the real snowstorm that I have to go out into soon, or the metaphorical ones that come to us all, there is a God who will go through them with us.

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