Unfamiliar Paths

Last weekend, Richard installed a couple of cameras so that we can watch the wildlife visiting our bird feeder. In order to get a better picture, he needed to move the feeder about a metre closer to the caravan. The birds adapted quickly to the change but a visiting squirrel really struggled. His usual pathway through the gorse bushes didn’t get him to the right part of the feeder. We watched in amusement as it tried different routes and kept overbalancing. After at least three attempts it finally managed to get some seeds on the second day and on the following morning it was doing a rather amazing hand stand to access the seeds. In maths I teach a method called Trial-and-Improvement. It’s not Trial-and-Error because you try different solutions and use those answers to get closer to the right solution. In life we often come across changes and these can leave us uncomfortable, perhaps even anxious but we need to look at these changes as opportunities to learn and develop. One of the key verses that has been shared with us as a church in our journey towards something new in September is Isaiah Chapter 42 verse 16: “I will lead the blind by ways they have  not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them  and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” As we journey together with the members of Christchurch Newcastle who have been led to move to West Denton, we are being taken along an unfamiliar path, we don’t know exactly what is ahead but we can trust God that He will make this path smooth and turn our insecurities into strengths. When the new leadership team started to meet together, we expected to have some differences and yet we have been overwhelmed with the unity that God has been blessing our meetings with. On Wednesday it was lovely to see the mix of people from two fellowships meeting around tables and sharing together – there was no sense of two bodies, we were working as one. In the weeks ahead as we meet together to plan the start of West Denton  Community Church let’s embrace the changes and trust God to continue to guide us and support us. There may well be times that we are unsure and don’t know how to move on but with God it’s not about Trial and Improvement, with God He will open our eyes to what He has planned for us. We are truly living in exciting times! Ali