From Our Team

John Hoogenhout

Words of thought from our Church Team

Things don’t always plan out the way you hope

Carla and I have just returned from two weeks leave. We try to get away with our caravan every mid-year, we love it! Usually Carla’s sister and brother-in-law come with us with their caravan. The first week of our trip was great! Travelled through northern NSW, caught up with friends from church for a few nights who were camping as well. All was going wonderfully! The second week our brother-in-law’s chronic back problem resulted in him being taken by ambulance to hospital – he was transferred to Brisbane and underwent surgery on Wednesday this week(discectomy). You can imagine our plans were seriously altered! But that’s not the end of it… I also spent most a day in hospital on a drip receiving medication to fix the atrial-fibrillation (heart) episode that really knocked me around.

Why do I tell you this? Simply to point out no-one is in control of their life – God is! It is easy to think we are the masters and determiners of what will happen to us in life. Wrong! God’s Word says:

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (Jms.4:14)

But there’s more! There’s way more to the fact that we’re not in control of our lives – and that is that in Christ we’re eternally safe! Secure. Speaking through the OT prophet Isaiah, God says:
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. (Is.49:16)

This truth gives comfort and confidence as we wrestle life’s challenges. We all know we’re living in a broken, sinful world that God is redeeming by His Spirit through His people and the day is coming when all will come to completion – a new heaven and a new earth is coming… listen to God’s Word:

I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered. (Is.65:17)

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev.21:4-5)

It is my sincere prayer that all of you who read these words may know God’s grace – that His plan for your life is in His hands. God invites all to come into relationship with Him.

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (Rev.3:20)

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