As many of you know I love my cheesy disaster films featuring ridiculous plot lines and impossible odds. Recently I have been watching some of the films from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World series. Dinosaurs, careless business tycoons, people thinking that they can control the uncontrollable (only to find out that they are wrong) and unlikely but brave heroes - what’s not to love?! One of my favourite lines from Jurassic Park is where Dr Ian Malcolm declares that “life will find a way” even when scientists and the park owners are saying that they have the ability to control this life they have created. It reminds me a bit of Herbie’s talk on Sunday. As we thought about the second part of our Nehemiah series, Herbie reminded us that God finds a way where there appears to be no way to resolve a problem. In Nehemiah's situation, he faced impossible odds at being able to repair the walls of Jerusalem and it appeared like everything was against him but God made a way. Nehemiah and the people of Israel still had to do their part to make it happen but God was clearly with them as they worked. He worked with them and through them to bring about his purposes.
In Wednesday Morning prayer, a similar theme came out of our Bible reading. We were looking at the story of the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-30). When the rich man was unable to give up his riches as Jesus told him to, Jesus said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. When Jesus' followers asked "who then can be saved?" Jesus answered "With people it is impossible but with God all things are possible". Jesus makes a way where there isn't one.
Jesus makes a way for us to be in relationship with God
Jesus makes a way for his kingdom to be built
Jesus makes a way for the good news to be shared with all people
Jesus makes a way
This Sunday coming we are going to be finishing our Nehemiah series and then in the evening we are going to be praying together again. Firstly, to praise God and to ensure that we keep our priorities as a church in line with God's priorities. Secondly to pray to the God who makes a way as we continue to to move forward with the plans for Refurb that we feel that God is calling us to at this time. If you can, why not join us in prayer this week and every first and third Sunday evening of the month at 7pm.