“The Lord delights in the way of the man whose steps he has made firm, though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Ps.37:23-24
At the beginning of June we left for Spain with a sense that a new day was dawning for our nation. My belief, and from every prophetic word I read God’s call was, and is, for us to leave the EU. How the result of that has shaken-up our government and nation.
On holiday, my friend was lent Hannah Hurnard’s book “Hind’s feet in High Places”. Its forty years since I read it, I’d forgotten how good it was. And that led me to call my friend, ‘Much Afraid’ when she was skeptical about using the water slide. Bravely I declared, “I’ll go down first”. Oh ha ha! I shot down it so fast I plunged into the water and holding on to my sun hat came up spluttering! Laughter ensued, and she determining to overcome fear lowered herself into position. Once in the running water she was immediately swept downward, and with no control over her speed when the slide ended our last sighting was of her foot as she briefly skimmed the water before disappearing under the water.
Undeterred, we enjoyed the slide many times that week. Being shorter than her my hat was constantly wet, but she mastered the art of jumping off at the end to keep her hair dry! The Lord showed her that when He initially calls us we can be fearful, but we need to let His perfect love cast out our fear. In positioning ourselves and saying ‘yes’ to Him there maybe times when things seem out of our control, but it’s then we learn to put our trust in God’s promises and His Word. And even if we feel we are drowning He will help us rise above our circumstances. Our endeavours may result in a ‘flop’ but if we continue to trust Him we will gain confidence and overcome. .
Uncertainty and fear is rife across our country, yet this is a wonderful analogy of how trusting in the Lord changes our perspectives. I am convinced God loves this nation and is very much in control of our destiny. The Lord’s aim is to rebuild His values and bless us.
I said ‘yes’ to the Lord in 2010 when I stepped out of my comfort zone to stand for Parliament. I now write regularly to my MP about issues I barely understand. This prompted an invitation to tour Parliament on Monday. Afterwards with the beautiful weather we lunched with him on the terrace before witnessingTeresa May give her first PM motion on the nuclear deterrent as David Cameron looked on. The benches were full, there were constant interruptions to debate and question and kept in order by the speaker and his wit especially during Jeremy Corbyn's speech.
Our government needs God’s wisdom, but I believe the Lord’s hand is already uplifting us.