Monthly Reflection – November 2014
I hope that this month’s reflection finds you well; after a very successful Leaders conference this year Andy and I have met and will be planning to invite anyone who wishes to attend to come and pray with us at every other Branch leadership meeting this year- the first date and time for your diary is 1700 on Friday 12th December in the ANPR unit at Hatfield- I may even make Tea; so if you would like to come please let Andy and I know! We are also looking to plan a number of branch events over the next twelve months- if anyone would be interested in getting on board and assisting us with a couple then please let me know- it will be nothing to strenuous other than helping to plan a prayer meeting etc. So please read on and enjoy this month’s reflection!
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43: 18-19
Leap and Leap big!
This month’s reflection is inspired by something a good friend of mine wrote on a ‘Social media’ page this week. My friend (who will see this reflection) made comment on the fact that on 25th November we have been serving in the Police service for 18 years- this message was directed at some of us here in Hertfordshire, friends in other forces and at a number of our original intake who are no longer serving in the Police and have chosen another successful direction away from the Policing family. It was after a number of us had commented on this that my friend who made the original comment announced to us all that she had on the advent of our ‘18th Birthday’ tendered her resignation from the Police to run her own business as a fitness instructor full time- it was clear that she had taken time to consider if it was right and that it was a tough decision but her comment was that ‘it’s time to leap big’.
At our National Leaders conference this month the piece of scripture above was mentioned more than once. It is clear that as an organisation the C.P.A. is taking seriously the need to take time to reflect about how we as Christians operate within the Police service and that we need to seek Gods will to let him show us the way forwards.
In our own lives we can very often go for the easy and comfortable option and never move on- I for one have started a new job this month and although I have a background in Traffic Policing it is quite daunting to try and re-learn all the procedures that have changed! But notwithstanding that I do love my new job and I am glad that I made the decision to move- it did however take some commitment from me- Completing an application form, preparing myself for interview by contacting various departments to gather information and the inevitable ‘Interview!’
I recently preached at a church in Watford about the need as Christians to display ‘Joyful Fearlessness’ in the pursuit of what God wants for and from us! In our walks as Christians we know that it is a process- it isn’t an instant change from where we were to where we are going. It does also require us to step forwards and make an effort to follow the Lord by attending church, having fellowship with other Christians, reading his word, prayer and using our gifts to further the Kingdom where God calls us. As a people of faith we need to seek the will of our Lord and he will ‘make us a way in the wilderness’- we do not need to be afraid or worried- A famous man once wrote ‘Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.’
Isaiah 41:10 says ‘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’
So this month I believe God is calling us to be faithful and un-afraid to spread the good news of the gospel, to step forwards even if we can’t see the whole ‘staircase’ or ‘road’ and where he is calling us to ‘Leap and Leap Big’
Help us all too faithfully serve you and listen for when you are prompting us to do your will. Help us to be fearless in spreading your gospel and show us the way forwards individually, as a Branch and as your Church.