JUST A THOUGHT
To say these are strange times,
would be a massive understatement. Most
of what we thought of as ‘normal’ has disappeared, priorities have changed, and
the future remains unclear. When we sent
the questionnaires out last year, I used the analogy of orienteering and the
need to stop occasionally, check your bearings, and direction of travel. Little did I know that we were about to be
forced into a very harsh and strict version of just that.
Frustrating and difficult though
things continue to be at present, there is no reason to despair. Many good things have come out of this
‘wilderness’ that we have been going through and, if we can hold on to those,
the future could be amazing. I am
reminded of the Israelites who, led by Moses, left the certainties of life in
Egypt and entered a wilderness of uncertainty, confusion, argument, and
division before reaching their ‘Promised Land’.
Under Joshua’s leadership, they stepped out in faith, with God’s words
ringing in their ears. “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or
dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ (Joshua 1:9).
I am no Joshua and I am not
expecting us to do mortal combat with the people of Over Wyre, slay them, and
take possession of their land but I firmly believe, from responses I’ve had to
Facebook posts and through other media, that there are people desperate to hear
the good news that we bring; people who need the joy and hope that only comes
from knowing Jesus. We won’t be fighting
armies, chariots, and swords, we will be fighting apathy, distraction, and
other tools of Satan but it is a fight nonetheless; a fight for the souls of those
searching for ‘something’, for the lost and the confused. Our weapons include prayer, the Bible,
Christian action, truth, mercy, tolerance, and justice. It is a fight God has promised we can
win. So, join me; let’s win Over Wyre
for Jesus and let His kingdom come.