For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Earlier this year we purchased a caravan, a first for both of us. Last week we took in on a short break in Worcestershire (think Malvern Spring Water). It was not without its challenges.
Our Google Maps directed us along a narrow lane that was really unsuitable for a wide caravan. We had several anxious encounters with traffic from the other direction. Our key learning point is that we need to consider the journey plan properly.
During our stay we experienced an electrical power failure which surpassed our limited understanding of the caravan’s electrics. It was not until a neighbour showed us a reset button on the external supply that we managed to restore power. Thank goodness for guidance from others who have more experience
Our experience resembles my earlier journey through Alpha.
There are some concepts which I needed to determine and experience for myself, before making decisions. For example, it took me a while to develop faith in someone that I cannot see, and hand my life over to him, based upon the historical testimony of others.
Other concepts have been introduced by others to help address perceived difficulties. For example, that was the suggestion that Jesus has unlimited love for us as we are, in spite of our faults, and also in equal measure for those whose faults seem much worse than our own.
We shall be more confident when we next holiday in our caravan.
Before that, our exploration of faith continues on Monday with Alpha week 3.
God, thank you that I can receive forgiveness at any point in my life, no matter how extreme or far I have strayed from you.
I pray that you would forgive me for the sins I know I have committed, but also for the sins of which I am unaware.
Help me to receive healing from the inside out through your eternal love.