Thought for the

Week - 11th April 2021


I moved to Brixham from Reading in 1979, and it didn’t take long to realise that Torbay has a favourable climate compared to Berkshire. Over the years (since living in Devon) I have often commented on the need to ‘get the camera quickly!’– to take photos of any snowfall before it melts, aided by the mild coastal temperatures.


I recall one morning, waking up to see a good covering of snow on the road. At first glance I was hesitant to take the car out and thought I may have to walk to where I needed to go.


Finally, I decided to use the car, and carefully drove to the first junction at the end of our road. I then noticed the road ahead was clear of snow – with just a few patches of slush!


This incident reminded me about those times in life, when the way we initially see and perceive things may not be as they really are. We may assume the worst while waiting for exam or health-test results. We may not believe the best in someone, just because they disappointed us once.


There will be many situations we encounter, when we will not know the end from the beginning – but Jesus does. He understands and sees the big picture in every circumstance, even during those times when we are so caught up in the immediate, that we can’t focus on the next step forward.


In the last book of the New Testament, Jesus is described as the ‘Alpha and the Omega.’ (The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)


God is the beginning of everything and the end of everything. He originated His plan of rescue and salvation for our lives and He will see it through to the close. He sees things as they are and as they will be.


Paul the apostle said we can be confident of this - “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)


When we seek God; we can trust Him to lead us and reveal His perfect will for our lives, knowing that - “Where God guides - He will provide!”


Isaiah the prophet spoke God’s message proclaiming, “I am God, and there is no other ... there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand ...” (Read Isaiah 46:9-10)


As we slowly move out from the pandemic lockdown restrictions and see light at the end of the tunnel, there will still be many occasions in the future where we will not see the full picture or know the final outcome. However we can draw strength from our Lord God, who is Sovereign and all powerful, and entrust every circumstance and each day to Him - from beginning to end.