How to Have a Bad Day
“So when a little girl asks her father where the moon came from, he might tell her that the moon circles around the earth and reflects light from the sun. He might tell her that the moon likes to play hide-and-seek with the sun, so sometimes the moon looks like it’s peeking out from behind a black curtain; sometimes all you can see is the top of its head, and sometimes you can’t even see it at all! He might tell her about how the moon has invisible arms that can pull the oceans back and forth, making tides rise and fall. He might tell her that astronauts have walked on the moon and played golf on the moon and collected rocks from the moon. He might tell her that the moon has dimples and craters and basins that we can see only with a telescope and that there’s a special place on the moon called the Sea of Tranquility that isn’t really a sea. Then the father might take the little girl outside, hoist her up onto his shoulders, and let her stare at the moon for a while. He might recite a poem about a cow jumping over the moon or sing a song about a dreamy-eyed kid slow-dancing with it. Soon the little girl will become so lost in her father’s beautiful stories that she will forget she ever had a question to begin with.”
-Rachel Held Evans
Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-21
The thing about Jesus is: we have tons of stories about him. The gospel is really a long story about God, us, and the ways we wind up together. The feeding of the five thousand is one of those stories, a tale so often told that it no longer needs greater context to be understood—simply mention it and most people will know the major beats. But what can this story tell us about God’s character? About his designs for us? For you? About the love he has and the ways he exhibits it? Meditate on these questions this week, and then, at the end of the week (weather permitting), take some time to stare at the almost full moon and reflect on what you’ve pondered. Get swept up in the story God is telling you about himself, and about you.
Ask questions, share thoughts and wrestle together about your experiences from the material this week.