This morning we awoke to the sound of the rain spattering the motor home in a random pattern being controlled by the gusts of wind buffering the sides causing a slight rocking. We were near Belmont, not far from Winter Hill on the lower edge of Darwen Moor. It can be a bleak, soggy place with little shelter from the weather. Bertie would still need his walk though, we set off in the direction of a woodland that I thought would provide us some protection. Once off the road, we were trekking down a path and the weather was quite inclement. There was a stream running alongside which on the other side was the woodland. I crossed over and headed up the hill expecting Bertie to follow. I turned to see him still on the other side, looking worried about how he could get across. I called to him as I came back to near where he was. It wasn’t deep, but the grass was long and difficult to tell the potential dangers. Bertie looked at me anxiously wanting to cross over to be on the same side.
I straddled across and with my feet in a sure position picked Bertie up in my arms. Held him safely like a farmer with a young sheep, swiveled and set him down on the other side.
Within minutes he had sensed the difference. In the protection of the woodland, he was oblivious to the weather. Running and jumping in the long grass and over fallen branches. He seemed to delight in the freedom, springing about that belied his years!
He’d had to put his trust in me to get him across the small ravine to get him to this joyful place. In much the same way Jesus tells us in the sermon on the mount, Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek , and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! “(also Luke 11:9-13)
God knows what we need and when we need it. All we have to do is ask , and in asking, Jesus means by prayer, by relationship prayer by continuing communication.
Let us always bring to mind that Our Righteous Father that when we pray that He always hears our prayers, and that He will never give us what is harmful.
For ALL are welcome to the throne of grace if we come to Him by faith.