Fresh Hope – 22nd May 2020

In the last few weeks, we have been teaching our son to ride his bike without stabilisers.  I say ‘we’ but it’s been mainly my husband, a keen cyclist; whilst I look on and cheer.  I must say, sometimes it has not been easy to watch – especially when Zachary’s fallen off and he cries, but my husband assures me that he’s looking out for him and a few grazes on his knee are part of the learning process.  Soon he’ll be skilled and will enjoy cycling more. 

It reminds me of how we are experiencing this new season, a season that is filled with uncertainty. I’m sure I speak for most when I say our lives have taken a complete turn in the last few weeks because of this pandemic and it seems like our stabilizers have been taken away from us.  Simple things we used to take for granted like going to the supermarket, visiting friends and family, going to work, college, school or church have suddenly changed.  The routines we had and things that perhaps made us who we are, are no longer relevant.  Some are in a place of constant worry; what is tomorrow going to bring?  Is my job or source of income going to be secure? When is life going to get back to ‘normal’ again?  We all have asked ourselves at least one of those questions at some point in recent weeks.

I am reminded of what we have a loving Father in Heaven, who’s always got our back.  Like Zachary, we may lose our balance a few times, fall and even cry, but one thing he knows is that “daddy is right behind me and he will catch me when I fall.”

God promises us this in the following verses 

Isaiah 41:10 “I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

Deuteronomy 31: 6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”

Even after several falls, our son will be able to balance on his own and cycle independently.  That is how we will also come out of this season.  When we balance our lives but adding Faith and Trust in God through a relationship with Him, the process becomes bearable.  It will become a season of great strength and we will come out of it stronger and bolder than we have ever been. 

Christine Mudenha

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