God Knows

This week there has been a lot of talk about testing of eyesight, my eyes were tested in February and I have been adapting to new reading and now driving glasses.  It makes such a difference when you can see clearly.

During this glorious weather Martin and I have been on many walks, discovered new paths, turning left instead of right and seeing where it leads, looking at and studying the trees and plants on the way.

It made me think about how we see God’s creation and then how do we see him at work in our lives, at home or at work.

At the beginning of the lockdown I hoped and prayed that God would supply all we needed for the foodbank and he has shown his generosity far beyond anything that I could imagine.  Not only the food donations but the contacts and conversations with old and new friends who have become part of showing Gods love even if some of them don’t realise it.

The numbers of people that we are seeing connecting with us online throughout the week, I don’t think we know who is tuning in but I am sure that God is guiding people to our channel who need to hear about his love and hope, just as we have seen new people come into the church previously.

At the beginning of the lock down a quote went around on social media

In the rush to get back to normal, let’s use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back for.

So have we?  In the busyness of maintaining the level of normality for ourselves and others are we reassessing what needs to be picked up and what can be laid down.  Will we explore new paths, continue on the ones we are on now or revert back to the old ones.

I’m talking about all aspects of our lives.  I wonder if we have given ourselves enough time to think on these things and ask God what he would have us do.

As lockdown starts to be relaxed, I am aware that we have responsibilities to act carefully and compassionately. The list of things I was going to get done is not finished, shall I hurry to do those tasks because we are now going to be even more short of time as we return to ‘normal’.  Or were they not that important.

It does feel like now we are almost start the year again, in a new way, with our focus changed or sharpened.

This thinking led me back to a poem which I saw at the beginning of the year.  It was written by Minnie Louise Haskins and is called God knows.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.

I pray that we might see with the eyes of Christ, as we make the decisions we have to over the next weeks and months and above all that we would be guided by His hand to know the right path.