By Alan Bailey

Come to think of it ...


During lockdown millions of people have found themselves pretty much confined within four walls for weeks and maybe months on end. What to do?-- has been the big question. There are limits to the ways we can entertain ourselves and limits to the amount of work we can or want to do. Reading can become a bit laborious at times and it's not everyone's cup of tea.

So, I guess the outcome has been that people have thought more than they usually do. Time to reflect. To let the mind wander all over the place with no pressure or accountability. For me, when the mind is somewhat out of gear and running idly, I tend to think of olden days. I go over some of the important decisions of life and where they have landed me. Then to dismiss some regrets that start appearing.

Is that you too? Have you ever thought about the fact that you carry with you the most complex instrument on the planet? Yes, the human brain is by far the most amazing piece of equipment. In all our waking hours we are using it (and even as we sleep it is processing our day) and we must admit that the vast majority of the time we deal with fairly trivial matters. Today, the internet is the brain for many people. Just look it up. Just believe what you are told. Don't bother to think too deeply.

Why is it that people generally avoid any thinking or discussion of the big questions of life? Here we are, squirming and struggling our way through life, never asking why we are here. Is the world and everything in it a huge puzzle with no meaning? Is it all going to end with oblivion?

Thinking won't always lead us to God but it ought to. There are powerful reasons for believing that God exists, that He made us and that we are accountable to Him. Reading the four Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) will bring us face to face with Jesus, who reveals God and tells us of our responsibility to Him. In no way can anyone explain away Jesus Christ as if He was just another man. He demands our attention.

How good the news is that while we were still rebels against God, having broken His law and spurned His authority, Jesus took our place and died as a substitute to bring us into fellowship with God. To prove who He was, and to defeat the power of death, Jesus rose from the grave and lives today. We are called to consider Him, see who He is, ask for His forgiveness and surrender to Him as Lord.

Yes, thinking is of paramount importance. Listen to these words: "Come now and let us reason together says the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

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