Fresh Hope – Day 106

Several years ago, I went to speak for a few days at a friends Church.

Because we had known each other for a number of years, he invited me to stay with his family at their home.

Their house was in a beautiful part of the world and was situated about a mile from a large village Church, complete with spire and clock.

As I’d never stayed there before, I didn’t realise what I was in for when my head hit the pillow that night.

Retiring early for bed, I fell fast asleep, tired from a long journey.

It was exactly 12-midnight when I awoke to the sound of the village clock, chiming out its twelve beats.

After falling asleep again, I was then awoken every hour, before deciding to get up at 6am.

At breakfast, I enquired as to how far away the village clock was, and asked how they slept through it every night…

My question was greeted with blank faces. Each of the family looked bemused at each other and said, ‘Oh, does that old thing still work? We haven’t heard it for years.’

It’s called the power of over-familiarity…

When you constantly hear the same sounds, your brain starts to block them out, so that you no longer hear them.

How many of us share that very same experience each morning, with the sound of the alarm on your phone or clock?

It’s almost guaranteed that many reading this will have overslept this morning, simply because of ‘over-familiarity’ regarding the sound of your alarm.

Is it therefore possible, that some really important issues in your life today are being overlooked, because you’ve blanked out the inner voice and conviction to do something about them…

The greatest error to be made has surely got to be in relation to silencing God’s voice that has called you so many times.

Before you can push Him away for good, He has placed several things in your life that you will have to deliberately climb over and ignore, before asking Him to leave you alone for ever…

… the Bible

… the conviction of the Holy Spirit

… a Grandmother’s prayers

… the witness of a friend

… a caring Church

And above all… His irresistible love.

Listen again… He’s still calling you.

2 Peter 3:8-9 ‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’

Pastor Mark

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