Nothing is wasted

For my devotional reading each day I normally follow something which takes me through the whole year. I have a number of books on my shelves, however, that contain daily reflections but not a year’s worth. I decided this year, therefore, to work my way through those. This morning I finished the meditations of George Matheson, who is probably most well known for his hymn ‘O Love that wilt not let me go’. His words seemed to resonate with the situation we find ourselves in, so I thought I’d share them with you:

“Often it seems to me that the moments I have called waste have been the most fruitful moments. I have had hours in the desert which appeared to me useless – hours when I seemed to be standing still, driven into a corner, shunted from the way. And, lo, in the light of future years I have looked back, and the desert was a garden! It had been the most crowded hour of my life, the most epoch-making hour, the hour when angels ministered unto me.”

It might not feel like it just now, but my prayer for all of us is that we will be able to look back at this desert time and find we have been in the Garden of Eden, where we might hear ‘the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze’ (Genesis 3:8).

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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