Morning All, Monday 16th January, 2017
How I love the “tap tap” of God! He aims and puts two shots of his love into the target almost without drawing breath.
The story of my life since April of last year has been “tap tap”…”Tap tap.”
In April, twice I had people speak to me of the years I have spent encouraging and investing in the young and that I still had many years left to invest. This came just before and just after a diagnosis of cancer.
How those words have sustained us! And yet they were only the beginning.
Many times over, the same words would come in pairs.
At Christmas the word “trust” was brought by two people who had never met each other. They came within 10 or 15 minutes of each other. The second person I see only rarely and she burst into my office demanding the see me with this word. This must have taken so much courage and a real sense of the importance of the moment.
Over a month before the diagnosis, a friend brought me this from Psalm 94 v 18: “When I said, “My foot is slipping”, your unfailing love supported me.” On the morning I was taken into theatre for a fairly serious operation, the Bible App on my wife’s phone threw up the verse for that day: “When my foot was slipping…” Tap…Tap.
On Sunday 15th January I preached in the morning on trusting that God means what He says. In the afternoon I found myself in a home-group meeting near Uttoxeter, a home-group for Portuguese speaking Brazilians (we have one beautiful example in the church at Poplars.) Andrea so much wanted me to meet one of the Pastors and so I did. Leandro spoke for a short time from Luke 1 and made a point of emphasising Luke 1 v 37 (“For no word from God will ever fail.”) He then asked if anyone had any needs. I was put up in front of him and immediately he commanded my healing in the name of Jesus. We woke this morning to the Bible App’s word or the day. Luke 1 v 37, “For no word from God will ever fail.” Tap…Tap…Tap…Tap…
This week we see my specialist and my Research Nurse team at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield. Words cannot express the wonder of having these two remarkable people on board with us on this journey. Chemo will kick in next week or the week after and we set out on this part of our walk with these words ringing in our ears:
“For no word from God will ever fail.”
Wherever you are, and whatever you face, there is for you the “Tap…Tap” of God and the reassurance that he is not a man that he should lie and no word from God will ever fail.