From The Rectory

Sometimes it can feel like it is impossible to get away!  In an age of mobile phones, I-pads and tablets, where-ever we go in the world, it seems as though we are only ever an on-switch away from someone being able to contact us!

Of course it has not always been this way.  The story is told of Mark Twain, who whilst travelling abroad received a letter from some friends.  Not exactly knowing where he was they addressed the letter ‘To Mark Twain, God Knows where’ Mark Twain responded with a letter which simply read ‘Yes he did!’

Twain’s response may have been intended to be humorous, but it points to a truth about our God, that wherever we are or whatever our needs, He is there with us.  In Psalm 139, King David observed:


1You have searched me, Lord,

    and you know me.

2You know when I sit and when I rise;

    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3You discern my going out and my lying down;

    you are familiar with all my ways.

4Before a word is on my tongue

    you, Lord, know it completely


King David’s words help us to recognise that God is not only with us He knows our innermost thoughts.  For some that might seem daunting, we have secrets, and thoughts that we want to keep locked away, fearful of the guilt, shame and rejection that we might face if others knew.

Yet with God, He already knows and he does not reject us, in fact in the book of Romans we are told ‘Nothing can separate us from the love of God’.  

What encouragement!  In God’s presence I can come as I am, without fear of rejection, and when words fail me, it does not matter, because he already knows, for as Jesus said:

‘Your (heavenly) Father knows what you need before you ask him.’

(Matt 6v8) 


Wil North

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