Fresh Hope – 18th June 2019

My wife and I wanted to do something extra special when we were about to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. In advance I booked us into a really nice hotel in London. I decided to call ahead of the date and asked them for one of their best rooms.

We were not disappointed on the day as we walked into the lobby of the hotel. The lady at reception said that she had a wonderful room for us with a great view. We were shown to the room and given our cases. As we looked out of the window, we looked at the beautiful view—a brick wall and an air conditioning unit.

We had a quick discussion with each other and decided to challenge the fact that this was definitely not a great view!

They apologised and said it was a mistake, but they had no other rooms available. ‘Leave it with us’, she said, so we went upstairs and put the cases on the bed.

We fully expected something to happen so we never unpacked. We didn’t behave like we were staying. We just sat and looked at each other and chatted for an hour or so. ‘Shall we unpack?’, we asked each other back and forth as time passed by. We decided that the answer was a definite NO! We are not staying in this room. As we chatted, a knock eventually came at the door. ‘I’m really sorry’ said the hotel manager, but we don’t have anything available, apart from the top floor suite with a balcony’.

‘Do you want to come and look’ he said. ‘It’s very expensive, but we will give it to you at no extra cost.’

It was more than perfect and we set about unpacking and settled in.

It’s possible that you too may have found yourself in the wrong place. Not in a hotel —but more so in life.

Are you living the life that you feel that God has promised, or are you looking at a brick wall with no sign of an upgrade? Ask yourself an honest question right now:  have I decided that this is where I’m staying? If so, have you already unpacked? If you have, put your stuff back in the case and get ready to move. Get ready for that knock on the door.

You may say…

“But the Dr said that I’ll never get better.” Don’t unpack.

“But I don’t think I’ll ever break this addiction.” Don’t unpack.

“But there is no cure for my condition.” Don’t unpack.

YOU ARE NOT STAYING. THIS IS NOT YOUR PERMANENT ADDRESS. PUT YOUR CLOTHES BACK IN THE CASE. GET READY TO BE MOVED. GOD IS ON HIS WAY.

Psalm 23:4 ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…’

Notice it doesn’t say, ‘though I park or sit down or camp in the valley.’

Don’t stop! The valley is real. The shadow is real. But don’t stop. This is not your permanent address.

In the Bible, there is a wonderful story of woman that had been ill for 12 years…

Mark 5:25-34 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realised that power had gone out from him. He turned round in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ ‘You see the people crowding against you,’ his disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, “Who touched me?”’ But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’

One day…just like THIS DAY…she refused to stay there any longer. She made up her mind that this was not the room she had booked.

You also have to do something…reach out to Jesus right now.

Pastor Mark

 

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