Then at daybreak, turn around and go home

What an amazing journey these raindrops have undergone, and are still going through. Each has started its life on day two of creation and since then it has evaporated, travelled in clouds, rained down as rain, or snow, or ice and then travelled through the earth until it travels up to the clouds again.

These frozen moments wait patiently for their next part of their cycle.

Deuteronomy 16:7

Boil and eat it at the place designated by God, your God. Then, at daybreak, turn around and go home.

As I was reflecting this morning I thought about Jesus having eaten the passover meal and then he travelled to the place to pray, the garden of Gethsemane. Perhaps Jesus in his last hours before being arrested to be insulted and crucified thought he would like to be in the most precious place, with nature?

But what struck me even more was that, in Deuteronomy 16:7 the command was to return to your homes after eating the passover meal, and Jesus returned to the garden – the closest he could get to a home with God at this moment. Perhaps He could remember moments when he had walked in the garden of Eden and spoken with Adam and Eve. Perhaps He was gathering strength from this area, praying in a place close to God’s own heart.

What ever we may suppose Jesus was arrested, died, rose again, proved himself to many many followers after rising from the death and then finally returned home to be with his Father.

Nature is a grounding for us, it is a type of home which fills our souls with fresh strength and calmness so that we can face anything. Let us turn around and go home, to nature to be with God.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ.
Thank you for blessing our families.
I pray you bless all the families that are finding life hard,
especially young couples trying to start families.
May you bless them and your light shine upon them.


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