Some Days Are Better Than Others
by Daniel Allen on July 27th, 2012


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Some days are better than others
by Daniel Allen

U2 gets it right when they sing about the differences in the days of our
lives...

Some days are dry, some days are leaky


Some days come clean, other days are sneaky


Some days take less, but most days take more


Some slip through your fingers and onto the floor


Some days you're quick, but most days you're speedy


Some days you use more force than is necessary


Some days just drop in on us


Some days are better than others


Followers of Jesus can sometimes think, because they've wrongly been
taught, that following Jesus will make life's problems go away. That's not
what he said. In fact, just a few short chapters after his famous "Good
Shepherd...abundant life" talk in John 10, Jesus warns his followers: "In
this life you will have trouble." But thankfully he adds, "Take heart. I have
overcome the world" (John 16:33).

He seems to be saying to look to him and his overcoming presence - in the
middle of the "some days" that are not as good as the "other days."

One of my favorite vignettes in the Bible is Luke 24, when Jesus appears
and starts walking with two disciples who are heading to the village of
Emmaus after the events of the crucifixion. They're downcast. Distressed.
Confused. Life is not going as they'd hoped. "...we had hoped," they say to
their mysterious traveler, "that he was the one who was going to redeem
Israel."

How many times have you found yourself saying those very words? Or
some variation of them? "I had hoped..."

For the travelers to Emmaus, they saw Jesus alive again when he was
revealed to them in their home, in their shared meal. And this followed their
hearts being "strangely warmed" while he was discussing scripture with
them on the way to their home.

How's your day today? What was it like yesterday, when you celebrated
(or didn't) Father's Day? Was it one of those days that slipped through your
fingers and onto the floor?

What might it be like to take out a small portion of scripture, like Psalm 23
or the road to Emmaus section of Luke 24, and place it on the table with
some bread and drink, and sit there quietly for a time, asking Jesus to
reveal himself to you anew? To strengthen you through word and shared
meal?




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