Blog by Joel Maylor-Pridmore

One of our children recently needed new trainers. Their feet had grown so much that their toes were poking through their much loved and well-worn current pair.

Whilst waiting for the new ones to arrive, there was one time when this young man had to wear one of their even older and smaller pairs of trainers. This proved to be a very uncomfortable experience and really could not carry on beyond that one day. That which used to be comfortable and useful had now become restrictive and potentially painful.

Growth and change can be difficult but to facilitate a new season, we may have to be willing to try a new pair of shoes. New shoes can be quite uncomfortable initially and it would be easy to long for the comfort of the old ones, whilst forgetting they don’t fit any more.

Exodus 16 shows us how, after a short time in the wilderness, the Israelites began to grumble and hark back their days in Egypt, forgetting the slavery and persecution God had delivered them from there.

Maybe it’s time to try on a new pair of holy trainers and let go of the holey ones!

May we be people who can embrace new things, persevere through the challenges of change and grow to become who God wants us to be.

”From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Eph. 4:16)