At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12 : 1 – 2

There are those people who like to pick on and point out the smallest of details. It can good to have those people who can make sure that everyone is followed and done correctly. There are also the people who point out the smallest of things to make someone feel inferior and like they are in trouble. The Pharisees in this scripture passage are people who liked to point out the smallest of details around the law. The law saws that people are not to labour on the Sabbath.

If we were to be able to see the scene, we probably wouldn’t describe what the disciples were doing as labouring. They were not picking grain in order to feed many people, but to feed themselves. They were doing what they need to in order to nourish themselves.

There are many small details of how things work in this world, and sometimes we get so stuck in the small minute details that we miss the bigger picture. Care and nourishment are so important, and we shouldn’t let small details get in the way of people caring for themselves and us caring for others.

Prayer: Caring God, we give you thanks that you love and care for us. You have called us to love and care for other people as you have taught us. May we see the bigger picture of your hand working in this world rather than getting caught up in the small details. Amen.

Action: Work on seeing the bigger picture.

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