THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN FOR THE SCUNTHORPE TELEGRAPH FOR PUBLICATION IN EARLY AUGUST 2012
Every reader of this fine paper knows that the Thought for the Week articles are written well ahead of their publication date. Right now you already know whether the Olympic Opening Ceremony went off without a hitch, who has won medals at the Olympics and you may have already watched the Closing Ceremony. I on the other hand have no idea of any of the above. For all I know the Opening Ceremony could be ruined by farm animals running riot throughout the stadium, Mr Bolt may end up winning gold and breaking the sound barrier and Sir Redgrave may perform a solo rendition of We Are the Champions at the closing ceremony accompanied by Lord Coe on guitar.
If you could speak to me right now you would be able to calm my fears and give me a better sense of perspective without necessarily having to tell me the detail. That’s the benefit of knowing what is still my future.
In many different places and in many different ways the Bible tells us that God is not “stuck” in time like us. He knows all things, including what awaits us in the future. Though detail is rarely forthcoming I, like so many followers of Jesus, have found that our fears can be calmed and our perspective corrected when we spend time in prayer.
Why don’t you find out more about prayer by visiting your local church, or even begin by sharing your concerns in prayer with God today. Meanwhile forgive me as I imagine Lord Coe launching into his climactic guitar solo.