How many times have you wondered: “Where is God?” The great news is that he reveals himself in our ordinary, every day lives. We are just very good at missing him.
Today we begin a new series, God in the Ordinary, Everyday Life, with Samantha Freestone . Samantha is Sydney based, married with kids, and has a podcast called SomeAnswers, which are fortnightly, hour-long interviews with Christians from around Australia and worldwide. These interviews are a non-threatening medium for anyone to listen to a ‘regular Christian’s’ unique story in an approachable, guided conversation. In the interviews the listeners hear how the gospel captivates,
changes and motivates Christians, and always ﬁnishes with the trademark question: “Why the heck do you believe in Jesus?”
Reflection: Last year we bought a tomato plant. I wanted to buy the plant with the tomatoes on it already, because I don’t have a green thumb, I didn’t think we would be able to keep this plant alive and if we did manage to keep it alive, it would take ages to produce any fruit. Every day I watched this plant and finally we saw one green bulb growing out of a flower. “Kids, we have a tomato,” I exclaimed. Little did I realise, that it would take a few more weeks before that tomato turned red. Thankfully we weren’t relying
on this fruit, because it took a long time to ripen. It did make me think about my life, though. I am always in a hurry for God to use me, and when opportunities pass me by, I exclaim “But God, I was ready!” In truth I probably was a little bulb; a disgruntled little bulb. As time passes, I feel panicked because I should be doing more, or I compare my life to someone else’s. I get frustrated with God and exclaim, “God, use me! I would be so good right now”. The truth is, I’m probably just green – with envy – and actually not good at all. I realise that sometimes, fruit takes a while to ripen and I have to be ok with that.
Question: Are you good at being patient and trusting in God’s timing?
Prayer: Our Loving Father, help us to remember that your timing is perfect and good. Sorry when we doubt your goodness and sovereignty. Amen
We are reading the Bible with Samantha Freestone until 10th March.