As the classic folk song goes, we were bound for southern lands this past week. Not Botany Bay, but Comboyne, New South Wales.
We left Nanango early in the morning to leave time to spare in case we were delayed at the border. As we approached the bridge across the Dumaresq River at Texas we had our vaccination certificates and NSW Entry Declarations on hand, together with our emotive tale of essential travel to be with our daughter for the birth of our first grandchild. The daunting sight of signage stating “Border Closed Ahead” and “Prepare to STOP” greeted us as we eased up to a small hut seemingly in a sea of orange traffic cones where the police officer waited.
“Do we show you our entry documents?” Elspeth asked through the window. “Nah… you’re right. We are only stopping the ones coming the other way.” came the reply.
So much for complex issues crossing from Queensland into New South Wales!
Once again, it was very humbling that issues which have been significant points for ongoing prayer are resolved at the point of our greatest need. Just as we prepared to enter NSW, the worst of the COVID restrictions were lifted, and the prospect of spending time with family in regional NSW suddenly became much less complicated. We used the Matthew reference below last blog, but it still ideally fits the situation.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34
God is repeatedly reminding us on this journey that He has things covered. No doubt there will be a point in the future in which everything does not simply fall in place to suit ‘our plans’. It is at that time we will need prayer to humbly submit to God’s good purposes and to trust him fully.
- Give thanks for our safe and uneventful travel to Comboyne.
- Pray for Hannah and Corey as the birth day approaches (due mid-October).
- Praise God that we can be here to support them in practical ways, and share this time with them.