Dear all good afternoon!
I can see clearly now the fog has gone….
Boasting About Tomorrow
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
James 4 13-17
I think it is fair to say that over the past few days winter has most definitely arrived in the UK- not that we had much of a summer this year though! It seems that we are never prepared for bad weather in the UK for some reason; whether it be Sunshine, High Wind, Rain, Ice or Snow it always seems to catch us out in some way or another.
I had the great pleasure of travelling to Scotland this month to a family wedding – It was a fantastic time. But I can tell you now that when it is cold in Scotland it is really cold; there is a whole new meaning to cold ‘north of the border’ and when I say cold I mean -11 with a hard frost cold!!!
Weather is something that we Brits really understand- it forms part of a large number of conversations over the breakfast and dinner tables country wide as well around parade room tables in many Police stations!
When I woke this morning one of the first things I checked was the weather- it was described that last night would be the ‘coldest night of the year’. On looking outside this morning it was clear that the predictions of a cold one were very accurate as our garden and our cars were covered with a hard frost- the air was still and there was a thick layer of fog hanging in the air across the road.
Fog isn’t great is it- let’s be honest no one ever says ‘What a lovely thick layer of Fog out there this morning’ or ‘Thick Fog it is just what the garden needed’.
Fog is worst when you are driving- when you are driving through thick fog you can usually barely see past the end of the car and you just don’t know what is up ahead until you a right on top of it- in the worst cases that we see this can end in serious accidents! It is clear that when we drive along roads we generally know where we are going and we have a pretty good idea of what will be up ahead- but in certain circumstances we just can’t be sure because of what is obscuring our view whether it be Fog or Heavy rain!
In life we can be pretty certain of what lies ahead due to our experiences or the plans that we make but sometimes our way ahead seems so unsure because of things that appear to obscure our view just like Fog on the road. It can be hard sometimes to think about what is on the other side of that obstacle or to carry on moving forwards as you don’t seem to be able to see your way forwards clearly.
The truth of our lives is that none of us can actually see what is up ahead- we can only in some way plan for our futures with the best of intentions and ask the Father in heaven to guide our steps. In some cases we have to take steps to plan for our lives- such as paying into our pensions or making some form of provision for the future- but we mustn’t be obsessed with worrying about what will happen tomorrow, next week, next month or next year! The simple truth is that we all must rely on trusting God to show us the way ahead- in Jeremiah 29 verse 11 we read:
‘I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’
God has a plan for you- and for me even if right now we cannot see a way forwards! Sometimes we just have to trust in him and allow God to show us the way.
Sometimes clarity can come very quickly and other times we need to show patience for God to reveal his will to us- Gods timing is always perfect and the right answer will come your way when he is ready!
The weather this morning as I have said was cold with thick fog- but now looking out of the window there is a bright blue sky and the sun is shining brightly- I can see clearly now the fog has gone!
So be encouraged- if you are seeking the way forwards or are unsure about going into ministry, taking that job or- promotion the answer will come in Gods time! In the meantime give it to God and remember:
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
God Bless and have great month!