Fresh Hope – 13th November 2020

There’s a great documentary called ‘The Great Whale Rescue’. In it comedian John Bishop follows the story of the relocating of two Beluga Whales from captivity in a small water park in China to a wild sanctuary in Iceland.

What was amazing was the amount of effort and cooperation needed by so many to fund the project, build specialised harnesses and transportation tanks, get correct authorisation for transport by lorry, ferry and planes to go 6000 miles around the world. And not to mention the six month acclimatisation needed in a bespoke tank in Iceland to help the whales put on enough blubber to cope with the new temperatures.

Not only did it take this colossal effort on the part of people but also the whales themselves had to go through a process of real discomfort. Travelling for days in a tiny transport tank, being separated from each other for the first time in their lives. 
So, was it worth it? The vast funds it took and effort, the stress on the whales themselves? 

When you finally see them swimming in the wide open spaces that God had always intended for them, compared to the 10 years they had spent in a small circus tank, certainly for the whales it was well worth the cost. 

This I felt is a great picture of what our lives are. We were uniquely created to live in the wide open spaces of a relationship with God. You may have spent many years suffering and frustrated in the smallness of a fruitless and at times confusing life. But God made huge plans and fulfilled them at a great great cost in the person of Jesus Christ to pave the way for us to enter into a new life, one we were always created to be in. 

You may at times feel like you are in the wrong place, a square peg in a round hole, swimming in circles to please people and ultimately feeling disappointed at lack of progress. I want to encourage you today, you are uniquely designed to thrive in the wide open spaces, to soar like an Eagle looking down on all creation with the ultimate peace of knowing you are home.

At times we have to, like the whales, put ourselves in situations we naturally don’t want, like a harness lifting us into a smaller tank. The Church is God’s chosen transportation device to help relocate us to our natural habitat but we have to be brave and have faith that He will work all things to our good!

With all that’s going on in this season, keep believing, keep trusting, stay connected to the church and know that he has plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future!

Romans 5:1-2 | MSG By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

Luke Cartwright

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