There was a question on the radio recently about map reading: ‘What was the most common problem people encountered when reading a map?’ The answer was of course, knowing where you are, otherwise, you are lost. We now have a Government road map out of Covid restrictions. Understanding where we are takes time and each time there is a change, we find ourselves with that sense of being lost, not to mention the increasing anxiety.
Life is like that; we have simply had more than we would hope to expect in such a short period of time. What keeps us going is hope, hope that things are improving. Following the Prime Minister’s update, it does look very much as if we are on a journey to better times. Freedom to do the things we enjoy and again meet with those who we love.
However, there is a sense of caution because no one, not even the Prime Minister and his experts, can be certain. It is clear they want to get it right first time and not have to take us back to that place of anxiety. ‘Have our hopes dashed’, as they say.
So much of what we read in the Bible is like a road map for our life. God wants us to avoid anxiety and get it right first time. We are encouraged to help each other because God knows that it is often difficult. God also asks us to trust him and not to be distracted by those we cannot trust.
In Romans 12:12, it says:
‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulations, be constant in prayer.’
As hard as it has been in recent times to accept what the Bible tells us, that God raises up those in authority over us, I thought I would leave you with this thought. Can it really be a coincidence that the only Prime Minister in our history who appears never to visit the barbers, is Prime Minister during the only period in our history that the barbers have been closed? The Lord works in mysterious ways. Despite that fact, I suggest He is where you place your trust.
Have blessed month as we look towards Easter.