Thought for The Day – Friday 8th January

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

Matthew 17: 4

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re out of your depth and in a moment of panic blurt out something that’s, in hindsight, pretty daft? The disciples had just witnessed perhaps the most incredible thing they have ever seen: Jesus speaking with the greatest heroes in Israel’s history. It must have been an incredible moment. And Peter, never one to leave an empty silence unfilled, decided that now was the time to chirp in and say “how about I put up three tents for you”. In Luke’s account of the same story he adds the helpful little note for us “Peter did not know what he was saying”.

When we feel awkward or unsure it can be really tempting to fill the silence; to say or do something, anything! Even if it’s as silly as offering to pitch a tent. It can take real disciple and patience to sit on our hands and bite our tongue, but it is worth it. When we rush from one thing to the next we can miss what God is doing. But when we slow down and simply watch and listen we can start to see and marvel at God’s work.

Prayer: Don’t pray with words today, instead take a minute to breath and listen

Action: Next time you wan to rush into the next activity close your eyes and take a moment to ask “do I need to do this”. If yes then do it with purpose, if no then let it go.

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