Eloise 10:00-2:00pm

Get on that boat

'Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.' Matthew 8:23 NIV

One day Jesus invited two people to join his team, but they both had their reasons for putting it off. One had a funeral to attend, another wanted to go home to explain his decision. Matthew records, 'Then [Jesus] got into the boat and his disciples followed him' (Matthew 8:23 NIV). Those two people missed that boat - they could have part of Bible history!

In the 1870s two men worked really hard on the idea of transmitting sound down a wire. Amazingly, on exactly the same day both Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray planned to go to the patent office to file their idea. Unfortunately for Elisha Gray, even though he had the idea first, he was busy and sent someone in his place, who got there an hour after Alexander Graham Bell. Alexander got the credit for the invention of the telephone, and got very rich; and Elisha Gray missed out.

If you get a God-given opportunity to do something, it will most probably feel daunting. If you are indecisive or can't be bothered, the opportunity may pass you by. Think carefully about your decision. Think about how you feel when you say 'No' to something you know would have been good to say 'Yes' to. Trust God to help you take the steps and risks you need to.

So what now? God is a gracious God of second (and third and fourth...) chances. He is not mad at you if you miss an opportunity. If you have missed one boat, there will be others.

Soulfood: Joel 1-3 Mk 3:1-6 Ps 56 Pro 10:14-16,

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