March 24 2020
Welcome to Zeph at Ten. It’s Julia today, with a small helper. Please allow me to introduce
you to Fluffy Cat – here face planting the back of a chair. He might look as though he is in
deep despair, but worry not! Him choosing to sit in the same room as you, in your line of
sight, striking a needlessly dramatic pose is his way of showing affection. If you were to
stroke him, he would chirrup happily before tucking his face firmly back in, like a fuzzy little weirdo.
Now that you understand the wonderful and ridiculous Fluffy Cat a little better, I wanted
to think about what it is to be understood, to be known. The Bible tells us time and time
again how God understands us and knows us. There are so many stories of Jesus meeting
people and befriending them exactly as they are, where they are at, no matter the situation.
One example is the story of Zacchaeus- tax collector no one liked who Jesus invited himself round for tea with. Feel free to post any other example of stories you may know showing this here…
I love stories that show God meeting people in the midst of complicated situations. It’s
good to know that wherever we’re at, whatever we’re feeling – stressed, worried,
overwhelmed, irritated, angry – God isn’t waiting for us to sort ourselves out before
meeting us. He’s already here. Psalm 23 says “even though I walk through the dark valley, you are with me”.
God will meet us wherever we are, even in the darkest of times. But that doesn’t mean
he will leave us there. Psalm 23 goes on to say “your rod and your staff comfort me”-
shepherds tools protecting their flock and guiding them forward. We’ve thought about how God understands each one of us. This suggests he also knows what we need, and what will comfort us and bring us hope.
Let’s pray this morning for pieces of God’s light, and his hope this morning – for ourselves, for people we love, for people we don’t know who need it. What has made you smile recently? Do post below! (further pictures of notable cat poses encouraged)
May we remember that whatever life has in store for us today, God walks with us
through it. Here’s a song to finish. Amen.
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