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The Bigger Picture

Hello folks, hope this finds you all blessed. This page is a bit over due, but where does the time go? Christmas seems like a distant memory and now Easter is right on the horizon!

I often feel that there are less than six days between each Sunday; they come round with such speed. It's always good to be in church on Sunday sharing fellowship with each other - but was it really a week ago since the last time?

The demands of life can be intense and we all have 'life' to manage and it is good to have a fruitful and productive life, investing our time wisely and if I am honest, using that very special word 'no' where appropriate!

The trouble with a busy life is that we can easily lose sight of the bigger picture; how amazing God is for example. The things that point to the amazing God we can know and serve can easily be passed by in a hectic life, even though they are all around us.

'God created' Genesis 1.

The flowers of spring are beautiful and brighten up the dullest of days as winter ebbs away. Even the simplest and most common Daffodil is incredible when we consider that each year its beauty and stature emerges from a brown insignificant bulb buried in the ground. No scientist could replicate that!

'The heavens declare His Glory' Psalm 19:1

Then at the other extreme, 134 million light years away is the Whirlpool Galaxy, at its centre a black hole. The Hubble Telescope has managed to photograph this black hole and right in the centre is a 'cross' shape - when we think that the light of that image is 134 million years old...

'I am fearfully and wonderfully made' Psalm 139:14.

Well, to be honest, it may be when you get up in the morning and look in the bathroom mirror that isn't the first thing to come to mind! However, it is the truth! How wonderfully made are you? Well each one of us has a protein cell in us called Laminin - and actually it is the 'glue' that hold us together! It binds other cells to one another and stops us falling apart...

When magnified many times it is clear to see that that cell is in the shape of a cross.

As we approach Easter, the wooden cross on which Jesus gave His life for you and me becomes central to our thoughts. And in many ways, this cross has the same purpose as the Laminin. It doesn't literally hold us together physically but it reminds us that Jesus holds us in 'life'.

As Jesus gave His life and then arose on the third day we are reminded of Matthew 16:16 'whoever believes and is baptised shall be saved...'

Often we need saving from ourselves. Independence is not part of Gods plan for you or me. He wants us to rely on Him because He has the plan - He knows the bigger picture for our lives.

He never said life would be easy and often it isn't, but He did say He would never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5.

On my 26-year journey with God, it has been really tough sometimes, but I can say with all confidence that My God has never been absent from one second of my life. There have been occasions that I have felt that He wasn't there but then when Jesus was on the cross did He not say 'My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?' Matthew 27:46.

My assurance and also your assurance comes from the fact that when we are in that time of being unable to sense Gods presence in our life, we are not alone. Because Jesus, who walks with us day by day, has sensed that separation too and knows exactly how it feels.

With much love,

Pastor Andrew

 

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