No No No No N… Yes 


Blog by Joel Pridmore

I wonder if you are familiar with Jim Trott? He is a character from the TV show the ‘Vicar of Dibley’ who is most well-known for his clumsy catchphrase. He would typically sit in parish council meetings and when asked a question would stutteringly say ‘no no no no n… yes’ to great comedic effect!

I thought about him whilst contemplating the passage I spoke from last week where James encourages us to let our ‘Yes be yes’ and our ‘no be no.’ This may be somewhat of a challenge for Jim!

It can be frustrating waiting for an answer from someone, or for them to put a plan into action… but it’s worth the wait if the outcome is the right one.

The other parish Councillor’s would have to sit patiently (another theme of last week) and wait for Jim’s truthful answer to be revealed – that ‘yes’ after all the stuttering ‘no’s!

As we approach the end of our November month of prayer and fasting, may the ‘no’s we have been saying to certain things, be a pathway for us to say ‘yes’ to more of what God has for us.

Sometimes we feel God is being slow to answer, but be patient because with Him, the right answer always comes in the end… and is worth the wait.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” (Psalms 40:1).