It wasn’t the best start to a day. My mobile phone needed charging and my only charger was in the office. I had booked the car (sounding a bit dodgy these past few days) into the garage for the next day but decided to drive it to the office – it wouldn’t start. OK, let’s get the bus.
As I walked down the street, I thought, “It’s fine, isn’t it, God? You’re going to look after me today!” I had a spring in my step as I reached the bus stop. Probably ten minutes to wait, so I got out the book I’m reading – and realised that my good leather gloves, a present from my daughter, had disappeared from my coat pocket.
I had a clear view across the Saintfield Road through the rush hour traffic. There was something dark on the footpath… and I don’t think it was there when I walked past a few minutes ago. A gap in the traffic, a quick sprint – one glove! A few metres more, round the corner – and on the next corner – another dark object. Glove number two! Thank you, Lord!
The book I’m reading is RICH by Peter Dickson and David Gibson. It is sub-titled The Reality of encountering Jesus. Peter and David are the ministers in High Hilton Church of Scotland in Aberdeen, the church my daughter attends. David Gibson I first met when he came as an 18 year old GAP year teacher to Vavoua International School in Ivory Coast where I was school principal.
The bit I was reading was based on Luke chapter 12…
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!” Luke 12:27-29
God was interested in my gloves!
Peter and David comment: “The logic here in these verses is that of proportional value… God takes time to dress the flowers of the field magnificently, yet their life span is incredibly short. So if God does that for… grass, when seen in proportion, do you really think he’s going to forget about you? You are much more valuable so don’t think God doesn’t care about your needs.”
I enjoyed the chapter as I re-read it during two short bus journeys and a walk which got me to the office within a hour. Yes, I thought, God loves me. I ought to trust him more.
And to celebrate I popped into the local Coop and bought myself a custard to eat with my morning coffee…
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