No. 51
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Gidday! It is a chilly Aussie morning here. Getting colder now.
We went shopping at a big mall yesterday.
We had lunch while we were out.
We had kebabs with lamb and all the fillings inside.
Like mushrooms, chilli sauce, salad and salsa.
I was pulling my chair in at the table to sit down to eat when “OUCH!”
My finger had a big hole in the side, and blood was pouring out of it!
Lots of people looked because I was yelling, “my finger! my finger!”
An attendant went and got the manager and a nurse with a medical tray.
I was the centre of attention as the nurse tried to stop the bleeding
from a nasty hole in my poor little pinky.
She made me hold the finger up high to help stop the blood coming out.

What had happened all of a sudden?
The chair had one metal leg which had come loose from  the bottom.
My finger went between the leg and the seat, and then I sat down.
WOW! the chair “bit” off a big chunk of my finger.
You never know what is going to happen next, do you.
Well, the nurse patched me up and I now have to wait for the finger to heal.
It is a bit sore, but the doctor said it would be OK.
I had kept my tetanus protection up to date.
Life is filled with surprises, good things can happen and bad ones.

We drove home past Steve Irwin’s crocodile farm.
He has a huge sign outside of himself wrestling with a giant crocodile.
Steve’s eyes followed us as we drove past.
His eyes look at you no matter where you are on the road.
That sign seems to be a bit of a trick sign.
God sees everything in your life and mine.
He knows and cares about every little hurt and scare we have.
He was with me when the chair chomped my pinky.
Nothing is too small for God to be concerned about.
He will bring healing to my finger.
But how can He care about everyone on earth at the same time?
Because He is God and God is All-knowing.
There is nothing at all that He does not know.
If it was not so, he would NOT be God.

“Be still, and know that I am God “(Psalm 46:10).

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”
(II Chronicles 16:9).


Who knows what today may bring? No one does but God. He is not limited by time or space, so He knows the future as He knows the past. God knows how many hairs there are on your head, and He also knows what will happen in your day. No, He does not stop every normal happening coming your way. You live on a fallen world, just as I do. It is a world of cause and effect. What do I mean?  If you put your warm tongue on the ice in the fridge, it will stick. You cause something, so it has a natural effect. if you don’t look where you are going and walk in front of a truck, it will hit you.  It is a heavy moving object. God has the ability of course to suspend ordinary events too. Jesus Christ walked on water because, although He was heavier than water, He did not sink. God can step into our lives and work miracles. But He does not always do this. He could have stopped the chair injuring my finger, but He did not. Mostly Christians are people who live ordinary lives in extra-ordinary ways . They suffer and die like others, but they live far above the circumstances in the victory that God alone can give

“Hast thou not known?
hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the Lord,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint (those who are failing and afraid);
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint (fail and give up) and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew  their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.”
(Isaiah 40 28-31).

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