- Being in the presence of God: Andrew Gardner
- Matthew 5 – How blessed are those who know their need of God: Simon Airey
- Confession – one of God’s life support systems (part 1): Rob Whittaker
- Confession – one of God’s life support systems (part 2): Rob Whittaker
- Please God: Increase my faith in You and teach me to live by faith: Trevor Crawford
- Why do children and young people matter so much? Dave Sewell
- Nehemiah 2 – Changing for Glory: Andrew Gardner
- Psalm 134 – Who keeps the lights on? Andrew Gardner
- Rested? A summer wellbeing check: Ian Higginbotham
- Acts 2 – Belonging: Mark Sleet
- Psalm 48: Marcie Huson
- Acts 1 – There must be more than this: Graham Norcross
I’m sure there are all sorts of threads and couplings, but the one that keeps coming back to me is a picture that I have of God whispering into our ear:
“Come with me. Let’s go on an adventure. I want to take you to places you haven’t seen before, deep places, exciting places.”
What’s your reaction to those words?
My sister and her family were visiting at the weekend, she has two young boys who are full of life. Given the glorious weather we decided to take a walk in the Lake District from Windermere up to the top of Orrest Head. Nothing too strenuous for the little ones, but a place for tremendous views.
As we started out the smallest of the two wanted carrying, so I said to him “shall we go on an adventure?” His eyes lit up and we were off, up and over rocks, through short-cuts, turning old sticks into walking sticks, exploring. Bit by bit the walk became an adventure for everyone else too.
At one point we turned a corner and there in a clearing in the full sunlight stood a young deer, looking up at us – I’m sure it was smiling at us. There were lots of people out on the walk that day, but I’m sure that none of them saw the deer, but we did because we were on an adventure.
How are you going to react to Jesus whisper? Are you going to be an adult who looks at all of the options and weighs them up so that they choose the least risk option? Or are you going to be a child who chooses an adventure?
Are you willing to let him take you on an adventure to new places, deep places, exciting places?
At that, Jesus rejoiced, exuberant in the Holy Spirit. “I thank you, Father, Master of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the know-it-alls and showed them to these innocent newcomers. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.