Fresh Hope – 10th July 2018

Have you ever hosted a social event at your home, only to find out late into the evening that you had just one guest remaining? Unlike everyone else, they hadn’t figured out that it was time to leave.

You’ve started to put away the food. The music has been turned off and the washing up completed. Even the timer on the lamps has called it a day.

You try to be polite as you hint at how busy you are the next day and need a good night sleep…all to no avail.

Your hints about being sleepy and needing to go to bed get more forceful, but the person remains oblivious to your subtle comments.

You now start to even think of excusing yourself so that you can get your pyjamas on, but fear that they still may be standing there when you come back down.

When they eventually do go, you’ve already made up your mind that they won’t be invited back again for quite some time, if ever!

Just like that person wasn’t meant to outstay their welcome, so it is with the current situation that you’re in; it’s not meant to stay, so you need to prepare some more than subtle hints that it’s time to go.

Maybe you’ve been relying too heavily on the comfort of your current life, not realising that it’s time to move on and trust God for the next part of your journey.

Letting go is especially hard for some people, particularly fearful people.

Holding onto stuff and staying too long where you don’t belong will eventually block you from going to the next level in your life.

We all hang onto things – people, relationships, jobs, houses – because we are afraid that nothing else will come along.

Don’t limit your life with tunnel vision; it’s making you outstay your welcome in that safe place, instead, be prepared to fully trust God for the next part of your journey, knowing that He has greater things for you ahead.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

Pastor Mark

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