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God knows best, not me!
By Chantal Robertson, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
This blog was originally written in December. Read to the bottom for a post-script!
So, here we are, all packed, in the car, travelling … On an adventure!
I haven’t seen my Papa (who lives in France) for getting on for two and a half years now… I could list a whole lot of hurts, reasons etc, but they’d also be loaded with a whole mixture of emotions too – including embarrassment, guilt and regret.
The novelty and ‘history making’ of Covid-19 has well and truly worn off and we’re trying to restore relationship. To hug again.
We’ve taken the plunge and re booked flights from 15months ago – how about Christmas? So, began the endless test booking, form filling, money spilling… Trying to remain positive, hopeful, whilst feeling like we were slipping around on mud!
An ever changing landscape. Only to hear two days, one day even, before our flight, that the rules have changed, again!
This verse came up as a ‘memory’ on my Facebook page, me, maybe clinging on, in faith and finding encouragement; that I re-shared as is SO relevant now too.
We want to be setting off, moving forward knowing every step and that everything is sorted and will work out… And maybe that’s what we hear from pragmatic/ sensible people …
But, here we are, I’m writing this on the M6 motorway (as a passenger of course) going south, on our adventure…. we have no idea whether it will work out or not…. But, we just need to go, trusting God, that: ‘We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps’ (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)
Our hearts are full of uncertainty and worry, (earlier had a silly argument over nothing and had to forgive each other!), but, we want to ‘press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called (us) heavenward in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:14 NIV), with Holy Spirit with us to stir our faith to step forward on our adventure, trusting God.
UPDATE: so…sadly no, we didn’t make it to France for Christmas, but did end up having a really lovely time in March.
At Christmas, we ended up staying for the week with my brother and spending some good quality time with him (can’t remember the last time this happened!) and blessing him in ways we could never have done. Also Christmas with my Mum opened up some fun Mum /daughter time too. God knows best xoxo
Chantal Robertson with her husband Rick
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?