Julia here with an exciting magical illusion!
Look at the red dot for 30 seconds… then look straight up.
You should see a member of One Direction on your ceiling!
Now that we have thoroughly enjoyed this illusion, not so long ago, I saw the film ‘Now You See Me’ for the first time. Like me, the characters are magicians, and do even more impressive tricks than I. They’re crafty enough to be able to pull off things like bank heists through magical illusions and trickery.
The troop of magicians’ success comes from the way they are always one step ahead of their opponents. This seems to be a trait of many inventive heist type films, where it’s exciting to see someone who is unfathomably clever somehow predict and prepare for any situation.
I have yet to meet a real life person who can be one step ahead at all times to a heist-film-standard, but I’ve come across situations where God seems to have worked a little like that.
My friend painted this for the family of another friend, who is currently in hospital. Notably, she found out that’s what she had done afterwards.
All she knew was that she painted it and had the feeling she “would need to show it to someone”, but didn’t know who. The need came up a few days later, when she was invited to write in a virtual card for this family. We then realised this must be who it was intended for.
Psalm 139 talks about how well God knows us, saying “Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it”. (Verse 4) Thank God that he makes plans to provide for us before we even know we need it.
Whatever movie characters’ questionable motives are, God’s work comes from his goodness, kindness, and love. It is always worth being reminded how much God wants to look after people.
Think of anyone you want to ask God to provide for, and talk to God about it. I would like to pray for my young friend Emma, member of Risen youth group and actor in Refugee Voices, and her family while she is ill in hospital.
Hard times often highlight how willing people are to help or be supportive. Sometimes a number of people might come together to help, sometimes there might be one person who has come along at just the right time to be there for you.
A great way God provides for us is sending people to help. Thank God for the people who have helped you when it’s been needed.
The flip side of that, is that God enables us to help other people when they need it. Thank God for the situations where you’ve been in the right place at the right time to be able to help. Perhaps ask God to help you be there for anyone you might need to support in the coming week…
Whether this week you are a helper, someone who needs help, are praying for help for someone else, or are a mix of all 3… God is always there for us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxcspoQAOo
Whatever this week has in store, remember “God watches over you”. Have a good day Zephyrs!