Fresh Hope – 26th March 2018

Yesterday I parked my car in a multi-story car park in the centre of the city. As I wound my way up the levels looking for an empty space, I noticed a four-wheel drive Porsche parked, but with its boot wide open. I assumed someone must have been sitting in the driver’s seat since the boot was literally packed to the roof with stuff… I could see cool boxes, a skateboard, and all the belongings you could possibly need for a comfortable weekend away.

Continuing on I found my parking spot, and went on to run my errands. One hour later I came back to my car, and began my descent out the parking block, passing the Porsche again…but the boot was STILL open. It was obvious now that the owner of the car was nowhere in sight and clearly had no idea that half his possessions were fully exposed to the general public and ready for the taking.

I pulled my car over and explained to a puzzled onlooker that we should close the boot – so we did just that, and both went merely on our way.

Driving off I thought about how the owner would never know that their boot was ever open. They would never know that all their stuff could have been stolen. They would never know that we closed the boot for them and did them a massive favour. They would simply return to their car as they assumed they had left it. It got me thinking about how often God is working on our behalf and we don’t even know it. How many times has God intervened behind the scenes? How often are we praying for things that God is actually orchestrating unbeknownst to us?

In the natural, and on the surface it may not look like God is at work. We can see what is not happening for us, rather than what is. During the challenging times where we can feel like we have been forgotten by God, but remember that Proverbs says that ‘the Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, he is watching’. He never sleeps, and promises to watch over your life.
Even though reality may say that nothing is moving, and changing, the greater reality is that ‘God works all things for the good of those who love him’ (Romans 8:28), so if your circumstances aren’t good – then God is not finished yet!

Ask God to make you sensitive to His workings in everyday occurrences. Thank Him that He is working on your behalf even if you cannot see answers to some of your prayers yet.

Psalm 121:1-8

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Emma Burchell

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