Fresh Hope – 17th November 2016

We have spent the last few days in Seattle, staying with our good friends Lin and Lanita Miller, before heading back home before the weekend.

We first of all met them 18 years ago, when we were invited to make our very first trip to The States. We have made that same trip several times over the years and it has become one of our favourite places to get refreshed and recharged ready for another great season in our church.

I find it hard to believe as I write, sitting in front of the log fire at the Millers’, that those years have passed so quickly.

That first trip saw us armed with pushchairs and nappies and now we have grandchildren!

The smell of their home where we stay is exactly the same today as when we first walked through the door, and brings back wonderful memories of those early days where we would go to get stretched, and our lives enriched and enlarged.

We still stay in the same basement from 18 years ago and many of the things that our kids remember are still in just the same place, creating a feeling of nostalgia.

Throughout our lives we will each have many constants that we need to be there; the warmth of a loving home, friends that we can love and be loved by, a place to find refuge from the everyday storms of life to name but a few, but as we look back on life the big question has to be, ‘have I changed?’

To say ‘no’ can be a positive, if it carries with it the sense that I’m still living and standing strong, however, that’s not the question; the point to consider is ‘have I just stayed the same and never grown bigger in faith and closer to the Lord, or am I satisfied with being just in the same place as I was all those years ago?’

Are the pictures hanging on the wall of my life unchanged ?

Is everything still just as it was, because I’ve never moved forward in life?

Am I still thinking the same old thoughts, having never allowed God to enlarge my life over the past years?

I remember for 10 years even before our first trip to Seattle, that God had spoken to me and told me that one day Seattle would be part of my destiny. I had no idea even where it was on the map, let alone knowing how to get there. I then remember asking the Lord years later as to why I’d never been when He’d clearly spoken to me about it; He simply answered that I’d never been because I’d never made plans to go. Within 12 months of that conversation, we were there.

Desire, plans and passion play an enormous part in our lives, and are the very driving force behind moving our lives forward towards change and destiny.

Take a quick glance back over your shoulder today and see if you’re still stuck in the very same rut that you were many years ago.

If so, take on board this passage of scripture…

Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Today, start afresh to hope in the Lord and take steps to move forward and regain your strength and passion.

Often, soaring means that we have to move from the environment that keeps us strutting along in the dust of our everyday life.

Take a little time today to ask the Lord to lift you to a new place where you can live a bigger life for His glory.
Pastor Mark

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