Jessie and I travelled to Mull recently to Sean Anker’s commissioning service as Presbytery Worker for Glasgow Presbytery. It was a fairly long and arduous journey but very much worth it as we were able to represent the Free North as well as enjoy being with the good folk of the Tobermory congregation and others from further afield who travelled to be there for the occasion also.
Upon arriving in Oban, we made our way to the Ferry Terminal and proceeded to buy our tickets. The person behind the desk volunteered that we were travelling at our own risk, because there was a likelihood that either the ferry would be delayed, disrupted or detained either in Oban or Mull if the weather changed. We were given no assurances that we would get there or indeed get back! Although we weren’t filled with a great sense of hope we decided to go for it, and indeed we were glad we did!
The incident reminds me that so much in life is subject to the same uncertainty and ambiguity and therefore insecurity. We cannot be certain about so many things and life can take a turn that we might never have anticipated.
However, the Good News of Jesus Christ is quite the opposite. We are emphatically assured that if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we will be saved (Jn 3:16), we will become children of God (Jn 1:12), we will go to heaven (1 Peter 1:4-5), we will receive everlasting life (Jn 3:36) and that nothing in all of creation will ever be able to delay, disrupt or detain us from receiving all these blessings which are evidences of God’s love to us in Jesus (Rom 8:38-39).
If you haven’t trusted your salvation and life to Jesus Christ, then do so without delay, let nothing detain you, let no-one disrupt you, and God promises all of these blessings to be yours for sure!
Your friend and Pastor
Rev Colin MacLeod