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We are all learners, known unto God

Neil wrapped up his enlightening trio of 'driving lessons,' reminding us that we are all 'learner drivers,' regardless of whether we've reached the legal driving age or not.

This insight seamlessly coincided with our Sunday School learners' year-end presentation. Participants from 'Bible Babes,' 'King's Kids,' and 'God’s Gang' all beautifully demonstrated that what we're learning to manoeuvre isn't a car, but life itself."

Neil’s 'L' plate is more than just a sign; it's a symbol of our ongoing journey of learning and understanding as we navigate life. Just like the Highway Code serves as the indispensable manual for every new driver, the Bible is our guidebook through life. Jesus is our ultimate instructor, but our journey is also shaped by countless other guides we encounter.

The Bible, akin to the Highway Code, is filled with surprises. In the same vein, everyday road signs bear profound messages if we pause to contemplate them. Take the 'people at work' sign for instance; it beautifully encapsulates the spirit of our church. Our congregation is a place of committed and compassionate work—worshipping God, joyfully serving others, aiding the less fortunate, and serving as a beacon of hope and encouragement for all.

Neil light-heartedly transported us into a barber's shop where a man with just three strands of hair requested a style that defied his scanty hair. Yet, beneath this amusing anecdote lies a deeper message.

Jesus' words, "Even the hairs on your head are numbered," highlight that God's knowledge of us is intimate and precise. God's understanding is boundless, even in a world of around 8 billion people and countless strands of hair.

Psalm 139 testifies to God's omniscience, a reminder that we are always in His sight and there's nowhere we can hide from His love. Knowing that our lives are transparent to Him gives us comfort—we're never alone, and every joy, sorrow, victory, or tribulation is seen by God.

The story of Rudyard Kipling's collaboration with the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC) powerfully echoes this comfort. Despite his son being missing in action and presumed dead, Kipling found solace in the epitaphs on war graves: "Known unto God." These three words offered reassurance to many—signifying that their loved ones were always remembered by God.

It's natural to feel fear or worry in these uncertain times. However, let's hold on to Jesus' words: "Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." We are invaluable to God, and that knowledge should bring us peace. Every life matters to God, right down to the minutest detail—and so do the lives of everyone around us.

Remember this priceless lesson—we are all 'learner drivers' in life's journey, each with our unique path to chart. Our 'Highway Code,' the Bible, guides us, enriched by Jesus' teachings and the wisdom of those we meet. Every twist, turn, joy, and sorrow is seen by God.

Never forget—we're not alone in our journey, and we're infinitely precious. As we traverse our own paths, let's strive to reflect God's love and compassion in our interactions. As we are 'known unto God,' let's respect the divine value in everyone we meet.

Instead of being driven by fear, let's be guided by the love, care, and understanding God extends to us all. Despite uncertainties, remember that we are worth more than many sparrows.

May these words comfort and guide you, giving you the strength to overcome any roadblocks or detours. The road may be long and winding, but remember, God is always with us. We are all 'people at work,' and together, we can make our world a better place.

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