Thursday, February 4, 2010

Turning Back

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69

Early on New Year's eve morning, we set out to drive to visit our daughter in Pennsylvania. The predicted dusting of snow was quite heavy but we went ahead thinking it was just temporary. When we got to the highway, everything was a mess and there were accidents everywhere. No salt or sand had been spread and no plow had been through. We decided to turn back because the brief storm was fierce and everyone who might be out cleaning the roads seemed to be on holiday. This weekend, we are hosting a birthday party for my Mom on Sunday. The weather channel is predicting a big snow -at this point on Saturday. I am anxious and wondering whether we will have anyone able to come for her party. when the weather is challenging, it seems right to turn back. When other challenges happen, it ssems only right to turn back.

Many turned away from follwing Jesus after he revealed there would be hardships and challenges on the road. He also told them that God would be with them every step of the way. Some only heard the harsh news and didn't listen for the whole story. But Peter and the other knew they were on good hands and that there way would be cleared by God's love, despite the challenges and storms.

Today, I want to acknowlegde the challenges and the storms. And I want to make my heart open to follow Christ, knowing that, despite bad weather and rough days, God is abundantly with su and fully present in all the dangers we face. May we all take to the road this day knowing God goes before us and surrounds us with love.

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