BigRead13 Day 34 : Beginnings

Day 34’s post from the BigRead13 can be found here.

1 Peter 2:2-3:

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Today’s extract from The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader tells of Eustace becoming a different boy, although he has relapses and is sometimes the same old boy he once was. This chimes with yesterday’s thought – I wish I’d had this one first!

Yesterday I was wondering at the fact that God loves us, despite the fact that (even with the best of intentions) we are all still sinners. We’re asked to think about our journey.  It is a journey, and I’m not there yet. At times there is a glimpse of God’s promise for us; at another turn, there is darkness. My journey has involved suffering, God’s redemptive love breaking through that suffering, and the same over and over.

Yet slowly, gradually, we can find in the darkness a little corner of light. Perhaps it’s a shade of grey lighter. Perhaps we are, indeed, an Easter people. But as I head Rachel Mann say the other week, some of us are Good Friday people – those who need to see the good in the darkness, rather than only seeing the good in the light. Good Friday is coming. Good Friday is the day when the first part of “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” comes true – without God’s giving of his only Son – without the sacrifice on the cross – the glory of Easter could not be.

Lord, let us experience both Good Fridays and Easters in our lives, the dark and the light, and let us see your love in both.