What do you think of this advice from the comedy of Monty Python?
Run Away! Run Away!
In this week's Bible reading from Matthew 4:12-23, Jesus was gearing up to start. He was going to call disciples. He was going to preach and teach and heal.
And then his cousin got arrested.
Jesus ran away. He got out of Dodge. He left his hometown, which was near the government enforcers, and went to Capernaum, a more remote sea village that had easier escape routes from the authorities.
Of course we can look now and say that it was wise for Jesus to start in the rural areas. It was wise for him to preach and teach and heal in the country so that he could build a following that would last after Jesus was gone.
But I think that when John got arrested, Jesus thought, “Great. Now what?! My plans are ruined! I’m going to have to rearrange things and figure out a new way to do what I’m here to do.”
Do you ever get the idea that we are all either running away from something or running towards something? I guess we're also sometimes we’re just standing there, wondering what to do next.