A Bruised Reed

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Back in the 1970’sthere was a Norwegian namedThorHeyerdahl who built a boat out of reeds that he named Ra, and tried to sail across the Atlantic. But it sank. On his second attempt, in RA II, he succeeded, sailing 4,00 miles from Morocco to Barbados.

 He was trying to show that it was possible that ancient man could have crossed the oceans. I don’t know why a Norwegian wouldn’t have been more interested in building a Viking ship, maybe he just wanted to go somewhere warmer—who can know the mind of a Norwegian? (I’m married to one.)

I just remember it because they made such a big deal out of it, even making a movie about it. I guess they still make reed boats in some parts of the world. So they are still seen as strong and durable.

But a single reed—especially if it is…

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Isaiah 43:16,18,19,20(b)21

Thus says the Lord,

Who makes a way in the sea,

a path in the mighty waters,….

…”Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert….

…for I give water in the wilderness,

rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,

the people whom I formed for Myself,

That they might declare My praise.”

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Are we in a new season in our lives, our nation, the world?

Certainly many things are in turmoil after the last 18 months.

Trusted institutions from governments to big corporations have shown themselves to be unreliable and at times downright dishonest.

The seeming certainties of quiet unruffled lives have been disrupted.

Our sporting clubs, our local activities, even our traditional church meetings somehow look different in the light of all that has gone on in this time period.

So how are we to approach this? – so many uncertainties, so many questions, so many unknowns!

Firstly let’s remember that God hasn’t changed nor has any of this taken Him by surprise.

He is never at a loss – He always has a plan.

Re-read the verses above – a path in the mighty waters, rivers in the desert, etc. Things unexpected in places unexpected!

Put in context this passage is originally addressed to the children of Israel but there is no doubt that this same God is the one who looks after us, and His meticulous care and careful provision is available for us also in the situations in which we find ourselves today.

So let’s lift our heads!

God יהוה will make a way! – His provision will be adequate and His guidance sure in this new season.

One thought that is highlighted for me today is our need to perceive it.

I expect that letting go of the old is an important part of this.

To walk the way in the wilderness, and find the rivers in the desert will mean a greater surrender of our preconceived ideas, and a greater reliance upon, and trust in the Lord- to guide and provide all we need. And a willingness to follow Him along unfamiliar, even unmarked paths.

He alone knows the way in the sea, and the path in the mighty waters; the way in the wilderness, and the whereabouts of the rivers in the desert.

Let’s stay close to Him, follow unafraid, and let go of anything that keeps us stuck in a past season so we can move into all He has for us today.

For all this Lord, give us grace, and may we be those who at all times, and in all seasons declare Your praise.

In Jesus’ name

Amen

Freedom

Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and blameless before Him…

Ephesians 1:4

This means I am answerable to, and live my life before Him.

I am therefore released from the competing interests that men may try to place upon me, and my peace is in knowing His sweet will and presence – to enter His rest.

May it be so…

Verse for the Day

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man?

If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10