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Over the winter I have been enjoying the gentle game of bowls at the Men’s Fellowship on a Tuesday night. While it may appear too sedate for some, I can assure you that it is a game of some skill. You never quite know where your ‘perfectly delivered’ bowl will end up. The aim of the game is to finish close to the jack. An errant bowl can, however easily wander off the mat, pull up short, or roll on past the jack. It may even hit an obstacle on its way. Even worse is when you are close to the jack and you get a nudge – or a whack – from your opponent’s bowl.
Life as a Christian is a bit like a game of bowls. We have the aim of staying close to Jesus but sometimes we can ‘wander off the mat’, or hit obstacles as try to live our lives without Him. We may go too far or even pull up short and let others deflect us from our path. While we all have to contend with many issues in life, there is one constant, Jesus. He stands, His hand outstretched, offering us rest and bringing us peace!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41 v 10
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