Thought for The Day – Thursday 14th January

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When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.

Matthew 17: 22 – 23

On a podcast I listen to the host recounted the surprisingly profound words his 6 year old said to him. She said, “When its winter, you feel like it will never be warm again and when it is summer, you feel like it will never be cold again”. Wise words from a 6 year old, no wonder Jesus said the Kingdom belongs to them!

As humans we have such tunnel vision, we get stuck on the thing in front of us and forget about everything else. When Jesus said, “They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life” the disciples seemed to pay no attention to the second part of that sentence about being raised to life, all they could see was the first and it filled them with grief.

When we are struggling it can be so easy to be caught in our sorrow and forget everything else. But no matter how bleak the Winter, Spring always follows. It may be cold now but it will be warm again soon.

Prayer: Lord of all, life has many seasons. Some are times of joy and plenty, other are times of sorrow and loss. But you are God through them all. Help me to see the bigger picture and trust you are in control

Action: Take a moment to remember a hard or difficult time in you life, then remember a good time. Reflect on how God might have been present in both the good and the bad times