Fresh Hope – 3rd November 2020

I’m writing from the Scottish highlands – surely one of the most beautiful parts of the world! 

We’ve been driving around for days, marvelling at the majestic mountains, teeming with waterfalls, the on-top-of-the-world-views, and the vibrant autumnal colours. 

On day one of the trip we found the most basic river absolutely stunning and had to pull over for a photo. By day four we were so used to the vast, grandeur of beauty that we actually started to lose our sense of awe (despite the scenery being far better than what “wowed” us at day one!). We got used it. It became familiar. 

It’s really easy to lose our sense of wonder. It’s easy to lose our sense of gratefulness. We get used to the wonders in our life and start to just see them as the familiar normals of our day-to-day. Dare I say it, we can even become entitled about them – I expect my pay, I expect to come home to a heated house with food, I expect to wake up healthy, I expect to have everyone in my life for another day. We expect that which is actually a gift from God. 

Especially in these times, I would encourage you focus on what you do have. Remain grateful for the beauty in your life already. Don’t miss what is special because you expect it and are used to it. Be thankful. Be careful of what familiarity can breed in you. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18, ‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’.

Emma Burchell

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