And God Made a Hole

November 9, 2012 | Blog | No Comments

Mary doesn’t like caves. We went down one, once. They turned out the lights and pitch blackness surrounded us. That was it for Mary. The sense of claustrophobia nearly choked the well being out of her soul.

As we prepared to go on our mission and study trip to Africa Mary committed this fear of confinement and darkness to the Lord. Her prayer and faith went untested until the day we arrived in our appointed village.  The house we were to stay in had two small rooms plus an entrance come eating room. Our room in the concrete brick building was the size of a double bed mattress plus standing room at one end. There was one window. As we settled in, it was being boarded up. Security for our gear, plus a barrier for fowls and prowling night animals.

The village had no electricity, nor was a lantern available. Our torch battery wouldn’t last long if left on. As night approached, so did Mary’s foreboding.

As we climbed under the mosquito net, prayed and switched off the torch the darkness was tangible. Then Mary saw it. Part of the boarding had slipped a few centimetres.  Through that hole winked the moon. Later, stars twinkled their light through as they journeyed across the sky. It was as if God had sent an angel to slip the board enough for the darkness to yield ground to the comforting light. The next day the elders saw the hole and wanted to cover it. Our story changed their minds. Together we thanked the Lord for the hole.

Reflection on 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJ)

Lord, you are interested in the smallest details of our life and ministry. You encourage us to talk with you about every thing that affects us. This is so comforting. As you know about the sparrows that fall, and the number of hairs we have, then you are interested in issues that burden us.

In your word there is a seemingly insignificant phrase used three or four times. The first time is in Deuteronomy 28:6. “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.” This promise was and is based on obedience to your will (Deut. 28:1, 2). Whatever the circumstances surrounding the coming in or going out there is a blessing in it. How is this possible, the doubting mind will whisper. Psalm 121:8 quietens it, “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

As if this wasn’t enough you are quoted in John 10:9, “I am the gate; whoever enters (the sheepfold) through me will be saved. He/she will come in and out, and find pasture.” Once again the promise of your providence and protection is there. Regardless of circumstances or the hostility of enemies, there will be pasture to the spirit and testimony to the world

My Final Thought  Little things mean a lot when you can discern the fingerprint of God on them.

Ray HawkinsRay Hawkins, “The Neurotic Rooster”, 2006, private publication, used with permission.
More information http://rayhawkinsauthor.blogspot.com.au/p/home.html

Ray is a retired Church of Christ pastor with a love of writing, mission and kids. He keeps fit by chasing grandchildren and writing devotional meditations, and helps his son out with a sea horse tourist venture and breeding program in Tasmania. This reflection was written after 3 trips to Africa with his wife, Mary.  Watch out for more to come.

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