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Sometimes we cannot see the wood for the trees, but looking back, things become clear and fall into place.
In the Bible, there is a story of Jacob, who was going through the biggest crisis of his life so far.
God visited him, but Jacob did not realise it was God until next morning.
Then Jacob said: ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, but I knew it not.’ (Genesis 28:16)
Sometimes you can only see and understand when you look back and reflect.
Time and time again I see the Bible was written down by people who experienced real life, with all its ups and downs.
People who experience good times, yes, but also illness, death, bullying, debt, cheating, hunger…you name it.
Just like us.
One Bible writer states: ‘All peace and prosperity have long since gone…I have forgotten what enjoyment is.’ (Lamentation 3:21)
Some people have felt like that these last months of the Covid pandemic. But it does not have to remain that way; the same Bible writer states: ‘I have hope. Great is Thy faithfulness.’ (Lamentation 3:23)
The writer recognised God was still there.
If you are feeling fed up, neglected, abandoned, lonely – there is hope.
We talk a lot about looking forward, our freedom as Covid restrictions are eased, and the hope for a better future; but if that future is not a rosy picture for you, why not look back and see where you have been, and recognise God has walked the path with you.
‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.’ (Psalm 23)
Reverend Steve Fulcher, Church of Scotland – South Kintyre Team Ministry.