Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | August 26, 2012

The Strong Word – September 2012


Let me tell you a story. On holiday we stayed in a cottage opposite a pub and restaurant. In between us was the pub car park. There was one snag, it was tidal, twice a day the tide came in and filled the car park with water, but also twice a day when the tide went out, the car park was huge, a big stretch of sand and stones that enabled half of Devon to park if they wished.

Now, I found myself often on the balcony of my cottage, looking over the tidal car park, enjoying the activity, especially when someone misjudged the tide and their car became surrounded by water. The landlord would send out a reminder to his customers and they would rush out to retrieve their car, all good fun to the many spectators.

One day, a man with quite an expensive car, parked it in the car park, obviously keen for a drink or meal. But the tide was there, quite high in the car park that was already full of cars, leaving little space for any more parking. He parked with his front wheels in the sea and then glanced at the sea for a couple of minutes you could see what he was thinking, in or out? Which way was the tide going? He could not decide so he asked a local sailor if the tide was going in or out. “Out” the local man shouted, never even looking up.

The driver turned in an instant, locked his car and walked over to the pub with no hesitation. What faith I thought.

You know we often cannot tell by a quick glance, or even a long glance, what is going on in our lives, and in the world. We have found that with our buildings too. In many senses they look good, but a longer look, a question to the professionals who know, tell us a different story, the buildings have a limited life, and need a lot of money spent on them.

As we come back to another September, another church year, after taking professional advice we recognise what God is saying to us through our situation and difficulties. The tide has turned against us and we need to recognise that, believe it and move on in faith.

Proverbs 3.5 puts it like this:-

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not rely on what you think you know.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”

I pray we shall have the faith and courage to follow our Lord wherever he leads in this new church year, and beyond. May the Lord bless each of us in our service for him in these days.

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