Thought for the Week, August 20 2021

Springbank Evangelical Church.
Springbank Evangelical Church.

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The PS Waverley came to Campbeltown early the week before last for the first time in a long while.

The sail to Southend brought back memories of many such cruises over the years.

Two highlights sprung to mind. One was going down to see the engines, watching the huge piston rods driving the cranks, sensing the heat from the cylinders and looking out of the port hole to watch the paddles plough the water.

The other was sitting outside in the sunshine, watching the islands, coves, inlets and headlands glide past, with their seabirds, settlements and undulating hills.

Seeing both these gives us a different perspective. Most machinery these days tends to be covered up or enclosed, whilst seeing the coast from offshore reminds us that things look different from a new angle and we are all part of a bigger story than usually meets our eyes.

Whist travelling down the coast of another sea a long time ago, Jesus encountered four fishermen who he invited to follow him.

He made them part of a bigger story, so much so that we can still read about that story 2,000 years later.

He didn’t give them rules, regulations or religion, he simply invited them to step into his story and follow him.

We can get all wrapped up in our own story, or even create our own story and hide inside it.

But Jesus invites us all be a part of his story, a story that is far bigger than our own.

Following rules, regulations or religion won’t get you there, but following Him will.

Springbank Evangelical Church.