For if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly await for it with perseverance Romans 8:25
Today has been a blessed day. All glory to God.
We had a trip over the Pennines today. Across and into South Yorkshire in the car. The weather was rather inclement in Rochdale, which invariably it is. It is in the top bracket of places in the UK with the highest number of days that it rains.
Over 20 years of working away, meant that I was most familiar with motorway travel, used to getting up in the middle of the night to drive hundreds of miles to my place of work was second nature for a long time.
This was different for all the right reasons. This was a trip to go and see my daughter, who is in her early twenties and my grandson. Normal enough, one would say, however, this was God honouring His promise to me. And God always keeps His promises. All His promises, are Yes and Amen.
Several years ago, I had stuck my size 11’s in a situation I had no real right to. I only saw it from my perspective. I had tried to dictate how my daughter should see a particular issue that I was trying to deal with. It resulted in us not being in any contact. And it was my fault. I had no idea how long for. I sort of presumed it was forever. If only she could have seen it the way I saw it I thought.
3 years ago, after confessing Jesus as Lord and Saviour and being saved. One of my first and most personally important prayers to God was, to restore and repatriate the relationship with my daughter. Quite clearly, God spoke and said I was to be patient.
Okay, I thought, if that’s what God has said, I will do it. But for how long I would question! Straight away, the Holy Spirit showed me the error in my thinking. If I trusted God, I would certainly trust His guidance. So I decided, I would get hold of His direction and aim for this patience, for God to help me too. I would say that and I was that throughout my life I have struggled with anything to do with patience. Quite the opposite really. Stress, anxiety nervousness.
Well, it took time, to develop the trust and patience. Sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly the change in my thinking helped develop the patience and perseverance in this situation and others. I thank God for this ongoing transformation and this is one of the fruits of the Spirit as recorded in Galatians 5:22-24.
Well God always keeps His promises. Today Bertie and I made the second trip this year to go and see them. I want to give God the glory. It was His guidance that brought me around to thinking that it was my fault and I needed to grow and develop in perseverance and patience with His guidance.
So we had a blessed time and it won’t be long before I am back again.