Just what I need! (24-09-20)
So do not worry, saying ”What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6: 31-34)
This week I am on holiday in the remotest part of Wales. Alarmingly, I have come without my debit and credit cards, so my welfare is entirely reliant upon my wife and friends. I need them to provide food whilst I am here and transport home.
On route, we stopped at the border town of Montgomery. The town’s historic heritage includes a castle fortress built by Henry III to keep out the Welsh, and a hardware store (Bunner) that seems to have been in existence since the Norman conquest. It contains a huge range of items, including pipe forgings of every diameter, billhooks, bradawls, vine eyes, and scythes. I bought some R clips (which I had not found elsewhere) and some specific pest control (which I did not know existed).
Bunner does not go out of its way to make itself attractive as a place to visit. Everything is stacked on closely packed shelving over several floors and buildings, but whatever you might need can be found here.
Christians believe that God will provide everything that is needed. The Holy Spirit is within us, and knows exactly what we need if we are to improve our relationship with God and with others. The Holy Spirit also knows where and when it is most appropriate to provide that need.
Our role is not to chase after our wants, nor to worry that others have more than ourselves. Our role is to go to the right source for our needs. Our role is to present our problems to God and to let him decide how best to answer them. Our role is not to worry, but to enjoy the peace that comes from knowing that God is in control.
I am pleased to report that I am being well looked after, and expect to be with you in the benefice again this weekend.
Thank you for providing salvation for my soul.
Thank you for providing for my needs.
May the Holy Spirit help me to grow anew.