Our Minister, Rev’d David Spence, sends the following Message for the month of May 2018 ….
A few weeks ago, I was driving home after visiting my eldest daughter in Frodsham. It was about ten in the evening and my route took me along some dark country roads through Norley and then on to Cuddington. Those of you who know the road will remember it is full of twists and turns, dips and rises. Apart from the odd cottage and farm, I was completely surrounded by darkness.
The only way I could make that journey at that time of night and arrive home safely, was by relying on my car headlights. If I had been foolish enough to turn the lights off, and continued driving into the darkness, I would probably have hit a tree or finished up in a ditch, wrecking the car and putting my life in danger.
As it worked out, the journey that night became much more difficult than I expected, because halfway between Frodsham and Norley a thick mist came down and I had to use the car’s fog lamps. These enabled me to crawl along, keeping my eyes on the white lines in the centre of the road to stop me veering off into some farmer’s field,
There were a couple of scary moments when the white line just disappeared. Perhaps a patch of road had been resurfaced or the white line has worn away. I then had to brake, move forward very cautiously, until some more white lines came in view.
So with the combination of the car headlights penetrating the darkness and the white lines showing me the way, I was able to move forward on my journey and eventually reached my destination.
As I pondered on the experience of that night, it reminded me of something Jesus said in John’s Gospel. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” In that same Gospel, a few chapters further on Jesus also says “I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father except by me.
The car headlights reminded me that Jesus is the Light of the World. As I make my journey through life, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes life can take us through some dark experiences and we can lose our bearings; sometimes it feels as though we shrouded in mist leaving us lost and confused. But if we turn to Jesus, the Light of the World, his light penetrates the darkness and the mist begins to clear. We are able to see the way ahead and the joys and challenges that lay before us.
My other experience that night, relying of the white lines painted down the centre of the road reminded me that Jesus is the Way. If we keep our eyes on Jesus; the teaching he gave us and example he set for us, the direction his Spirit leads us; then we will stay on the right road and eventually reach our destination.
But if we take our eyes off Jesus and allow ourselves to be drawn into the darkness, which is often found in the world around us, then we can finish up making a terrible mess of our lives. The kind of mess that disappoints our loving Father, damages ourselves and causes hurt to those around us.
It is very easy of course, to lose touch with Jesus. Like when the white lines in the centre of the road seemed to disappear. This can happen in our journey through life often through no deliberate fault of our own. Perhaps the demands of a busy life, or the pressure that other people put upon us, have just got in the way. When this happens we must get back in touch with Jesus as soon as we can so that our life’s journey can get back on track.
Have a good journey through life, with the light of Jesus beaming out ahead of you, and the Spirit of Jesus marking the way.
Yours in Christian love,