The ticket is ...

Hey guys for those of you out there who don't know me my name is Nathan Bezzant and alongside my wife Jess Bezzant we are the assistant officers at Tawa Corps. We have 3 very cute kids; Elisha, Summer and Josiah, we also have a dog and a rabbit. I'm looking forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart to share with you guys out there. I am passionate about seeing young people find their identity in God and know who they are as His children. This week I have been thinking about how often as christians we can live life without joy. I don't know about you but some days there are situations that just get me down. Don't get me wrong there are things that really hit us hard and you might be going through something like this right now so don't lose hope, but we need to keep all things in perspective to do this I want to tell you a little story.

There was a family who were wanting to move to America to get away from their current situation and move to the land of the free.... (well this is an old story haha.) So the father went out and sold all their possessions to buy tickets to America, with what was left he was able to purchase cheese and crackers to feed the family while they were travelling. Each day the father would portion out the crackers and cheese so that they would have enough for the journey and each day they would venture out of their tiny room to watch people head to the banquet hall to have their meals. Here is where the father explained to the children about how they only had enough food to pay for the room and the cheese and crackers. On the last night of the journey the Captain of the boat saw the family again sitting outside watching everyone eat and came out and asked them what they were doing. The father explained the situation and the Captain had a look of pity on his face, he said "Have you not been eating this whole time? Did you not know that your ticket brought you everything that is available on board?"

This story gives us a picture of our relationship with God. The ticket is Salvation. So often in our journey we don't understand what our ticket has got us and we walk around as poor people instead of walking in the knowledge that our ticket has given us access to everything. Over the next few weeks and months we'll explore more of what this lifestyle looks like. Have a great day knowing that the ticket you have received has been paid in full and there is a banquet awaiting you.

Not Yet

This year I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I was the sort of girl who had a plan and I made sure everyone knew about it. In Year 13 it was me saying ‘Next year I’m going to university. I’m going to do a double degree: Law and Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Philosophy. Then, once I’ve practiced law for a few years, I’m going to go to a less economically developed country and teach English.’

Everyone admired that about me. I was a girl with a plan. I was an unstoppable force and nothing could get in my way…

And then it transpired that God had different plans for me. He decided to take my life in a different direction and introduced me to people who are still in the process of shaping me into the adult version of myself. He has given me obstacles and hardships, but He always gives me some level of reassurance along the way. Naturally I see this as being a sign of ‘I haven’t forsaken you, I have brilliant plans for you, regardless of what’s happening right now.’

And as for Uni, I see it as being not a ‘not happening,’ but rather a ‘not yet.’

So Lord, I am absolutely terrified of this ride I’m on right now, but I have the utmost faith that you’ll see me right.