Just back from a wonderful week at New Wine in muddy Somerset! It rained every day, but at least our tent didn’t flood. We went as Grange Park church – the irony being that there were no members of Grange Park church in attendance this year…
One of the questions I was asked in a seminar was what gets me out of bed in the morning. I struggled to answer that for a while, torn between the alarm clock and breakfast! But actually the answer is from John 5. Jesus said he did what he saw the Father doing – I get out of bed to watch what God is doing. I hate missing out on a party or an adventure, so I get out of bed to watch and see what God is doing in/to/around the people I will meet today!
In the prison, watching what God is doing is the best bit of the day. On Monday I knew I needed to talk to a member of staff – she looked most emused when I told her I had been praying for her, and was anything wrong. But it turned out that her husband was about to have an operation and she was concerned that they would find he had cancer.
I don’t know why Jesus tells us to talk to some people and not others, but I know that if I don’t follow His lead, and bless what he is doing, I miss out on the heavenly party somewhere in heaven. That’s probably worth getting out of bed for.