Fast Day 13

Wednesday, 3rd March

Reading John 6:60-70

Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

John 6:68, NIV

Journeys are sometimes long and hard, but we set out hoping we are going to get to the destination, we have somewhere in mind even if the route is not quite what we expected. If last year on a trip to Devon I had turned back when confronted by the A303 traffic jam near Stonehenge, then our holiday plans would have been gone. A mountaineer knows that if they wish to climb the highest mountain, they have to go beyond Everest base camp, it will be arduous, with little oxygen. They can’t say I’ll do Kilimanjaro instead – it would be an epic climb, the tallest in Africa, but not the tallest in the world.

Journeying with Jesus is not always easy, he may challenge us to live differently, to give up comforts, to put our trust only in God. Twenty odd years ago for me it was the call to ministry, it happened immediately after I’d had promotion and a pay rise, I was very settled, and happy, but if I was going to be a follower of Jesus I knew I had to respond. My life is so different now, the outcome was greater than I could have imagined. If you choose not to go with God, where does that take you? What challenge does God give to you about changes you need to make in your life?

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