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Thought for the Day by Chris Dalton (BH Member)
I love the Easter stories. It seems wherever His disciples were, Jesus met them there. Whether weeping alone in a garden, walking home with a friend bewildered and confused, sheltering behind closed doors or finding refuge in familiar safe places they encountered the risen Jesus.
For Simon Peter the unpredictability of the days after Easter Sunday sent him back to his default position where life felt ‘normal’. In John 21:3 he says, “I’m going fishing.” Six others decide they will go along; some were fishermen, too, but not all...some were simply friends who decided to be there with him. They fished all night, unsuccessfully, and in the early morning they saw Jesus standing on the shore, cooking breakfast for them and heard him call out. It took a miracle for them to recognise Him and the time they spent on the beach that morning changed everything. They were still in an in-between time...waiting for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit’s empowering for ministry...but Peter was restored and redirected. His commission was to keep following Jesus and take care of His disciples. There was one thing he was definitely NOT to do and that was to compare himself with any other follower – something which could lead to pride or despair and which would a least distract from the main thing.
In this unpredictable time, it’s easy for us to look at what others are doing and feel we should do more, that we’re unimportant or feeble. It’s also easy to look at others and criticise or judge them for what they’re doing or how they are being affected and feel smug or superior. It’s easy to hide away in our particular default safe places...or coping mechanisms.
Let’s remember that we are in a much better place than those early disciples. We have a constant companion and helper, the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer and we can ask Him minute by minute to help us keep following the Master and keep looking out for each other.
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