John 14: 1-7 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Trust that Jesus knows the way, even when you don’t.
“Where are you going?” When I was in college, I would sign up to run these obscure races I had discovered online that were in obscure places in North Carolina. Many of my friends who had been born and raised in the state even had to ask me a second or third time the name of the town or location to which I was traveling; they didn’t even know some of these backwoods places existed. In those days before smartphones and GPS, I would print up Mapquest directions that often led me down dirt roads and unnamed streets with deer running amuck. Many a time in the early morning darkness, I doubted and debated if I was going the right way. Eventually, I just had to trust that the organizer of the race knew what they were doing and where they were pointing to.
And when I trusted, I don’t remember a time I didn’t end up where I needed to be.
“Where are you going?” Thomas asked Jesus as the mood in the room shifted from celebratory to somber. Thomas, best known for a later post-resurrection episode where he doubts Jesus is alive, is also the disciple who voices what everyone else is thinking. What’s clear is that Jesus is going somewhere. What’s not so clear is where. What’s even more unclear is where Jesus expects his disciples to go from here. How can they know the way? In typical Jesus-fashion, Jesus says it’s simple: “You know me—I AM the way.”
As with Thomas and the disciples, there are seasons and stages in life when the mood has shifted in the room we’re in. We know change is imminent but what we do not know is what is ahead. We may not know where we’re going or where Jesus is going. We may be confused about what we are hearing and maybe we even flirt with worry because of it. But what remains constant is Jesus himself. When we’re uncertain about the way, about truth, or about life, we look to Jesus. He is it. And he is with us on the way to where he’s called us to be.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” And the best news of all is that we know the staircase-maker.
On Today's Road: Where in your life are you uncertain about what is ahead and where Jesus wants you to go? What is the first or next obedient step you need to take in trusting Jesus?