Fresh Hope – 15th January 2018

On Saturday, our eldest son got married!

Pretty straight forward you would think, but not quite so.

Joshua met and a fell in love with a beautiful girl named Emma…from Australia!

’What are the chances of that happening?’ I asked myself. A young guy from the UK meets and marries a girl from the other side of the world. A Christian girl. One that had been praying for years for the right man to come into her life. Deciding never to date a guy until she found Mr Raught. She had never even kissed a guy until they met and realised he was the one.

You’ve probably all seen the two classic films, which are two of my wife’s all time favourites, namely, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve got Mail. In both movies, two people meet under extreme circumstances, leading us to believe that the hand of chance was on their side.

It would seem to be the case for Joshua and Emma too?
Think about it: they live in 1 universe, with nine planets, 204 countries, 809 Islands, seven seas and yet when they met, they knew that God had put them together.

So many people believe that stuff like that is down to chance, luck or fate, but I believe in a far greater and more meaningful personal touch than that, which is summed up in just one word…destiny. His plan is amazing and as long as you are willing to trust and to obey when that time comes, He will fulfil His plan through you, no matter how many miles may be between you. It’s the hand of God operating in the affairs of mankind.

Destiny has both rhyme and reason attached to it, and is not random at all. It is thoroughly God’s plan for a person’s life.

Both Emma’s parents and ourselves had been for years praying that our children would find the right partner for their life.

I like to think of it like this. Every time we prayed, Joshua and Emma were getting closer to meeting each other at a central point. Each prayer broughy Emma to London and each prayer gave Joshua a reason to be in the same place at the same time, namely a mutual friend’s wedding.

Do you have a sense of the plan of God for your life today or are you merely hoping that by some chance that fate will carry you along?

God is no respecter of persons. He wants you to know Him in such an intimate way that you can pray about all of the things that He may have for your life.

He cares deeply and dearly about everything that matters to you. In fact, if it matters to you, it matters to Him.

For both Emma and Joshua, it seemed like a long wait, and even at times like a fruitless one. Yet if you asked them this weekend , if it was worth it, I know what they’d both say.

Don’t trust in chance, trust in Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths.

Pastor Mark

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