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Peter, Susan and Lucy had stepped through the wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia. Stumbling upon a couple of friendly, and talkative Beavers, they go home for tea and discuss their need to meet the coming King of the land…Aslan the lion. A little fearful of what they might meet, the children ask if it will be ok?..Will the lion be safe?

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Most of us have God in a box. Maybe a box marked “Christmas” which we look in once a year when we give presents and go to a carol service. Maybe a box marked “Fairytale” cos we think he is no more real than a talking lion or Sleeping Beauty. Maybe in the box marked “Emergency” which we raid in a panic when we need a parking space or an interview to go well or a loved one to make it through surgery. Even those who think of themselves as followers of Jesus often unknowingly keep God in a box. We expect him to do certain things in certain ways, often in ways we have seen him do things before and which conform to our understanding of how he should act!
BUT. As Jesus tells a man named Nicodemus one night, God does not fit into that mould. He is not physical so much as Spiritual. “The Wind” says Jesus “blows wherever it wants to”. I might be able to have a vague stab at predicting it’s path, but I don’t have any hope of bringing it under my control, it is too vast for me to grasp and it’s place in life is not to serve my wishes!
Look for the signs of the unpredictable presence of God this week. Throw your box of expectations and constraints away. Don’t worry…He will always be good, even if he isn’t safe.