The Minister writes

Dear All,

Let me tell you about a man who didn’t like his wife's cat. One day he decided to get rid of it. He drove 20 blocks away from home and dropped the cat there. As he arrived home, the cat was already walking up the driveway!  The next day, he decided to drop the cat 40 blocks away but the same thing happened. He kept on increasing the number of blocks but the cat kept on coming home before him.  At last, he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right, and so on and so on, until he reached what he thought was the perfect spot where he pushed the cat out of the door. Hours later, the man called his wife at home and asked her, "Dear, is the cat there?" "Yes, of course. Why do you ask?" answered the wife. Frustrated the man said, "Put him on the phone. I'm lost and I need directions."

From time to time, we may be on a journey and find ourselves lost and in need of directions. I admit it happened to me just the other week in Ipswich! There are also those points in our life journey when we need directions. It may be concerning a relatively small decision. Occasionally, the need for direction is regarding a significant decision. Either way, as clever as any cat we know might be, they might not always be the best ‘person’ to go to for guidance!  Rather, knowing with great certainty that God loves us and cares for us, we may do much better by turning to him and seeking his direction and guidance in prayer. Yes, he may choose to lead us through the words of a wise friend, some words in the Scriptures, the voice of our conscience or in some other way. Or he may speak to us by his Spirit in such a way that we just sense that it is God who is speaking to us. Certainly, whether the confusion is ‘within or without’, I believe that we are, as always, surrounded by ‘steadfast love’ and that we may trust God to lead and guide us when we turn to him.

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,

and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.                   From Psalm 32

                                          

Grace and peace,

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