Connected

Connected

John 1:40-42   Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

You see better when someone helps you connect the dots.

Remember when you were a kid and you did “connect-the-dots” puzzles? You know-- the activity pages with a cloud of dots, each dot with a number beside it. You would draw lines from dot to dot, number by number, and when you were done, you had “drawn” a flower, a monkey, a Yoda, or a Care Bear.

For most of us at first glance, life looks and feels like a mess of dots with no numbers, no pattern, no purpose, and no hope. Some people will tell you that indeed that is true; the dots are scattered by chance, and you can draw anything you want and it won’t matter. Sometimes you strain to make sense of it on your own. Sometimes you give up and walk away from the table because you just aren’t sure there’s anything there anyway.

But what you need is a connector—someone who has seen what you have not. Someone who has been down that road. Someone who has been there and understands where you are. Someone who will walk alongside you to show you the Way.

When we are introduced to Andrew at the beginning of John’s gospel, he’s a student of John the Baptist. J.B.’s been teaching and preparing his pupils for the coming Messiah. When Jesus takes center stage, J.B. connects the dots for Andrew: “Here’s the Lamb of God I’ve been telling you about!” he exclaims. “Follow him!” We’re told that Andrew obeys, and he spends all afternoon with Jesus. Though we don’t know exactly what took place in those hours of hanging out, we do know that something must have clicked inside Andrew. But Andrew realizes that what was coming to fruition right before him couldn’t be kept to himself. And so, he went to connect with his brother. He invited him to join him in meeting the One who was the fulfillment of the Scriptures. And the rest is history.

Most of us who have a relationship with Christ have had someone in our lives who took the time—and the risk-- to meet us where we were and to help us connect the dots. Who was it for you? A parent or grandparent? A teacher or youth leader? A pastor or priest? A friend or co-worker? Our Connector knew we hadn’t yet seen what they had seen, so they invited us to ask questions, to join them on the road of faith. For some of us, it was quick. We were ready to see. For others, it took years, dot by dot. But once we saw Him, we could look back and see how Jesus was with us all along. Bringing hope.

On Today's Road: Who is your Andrew? If you can, reach out and thank him/her. Who is your Simon? How can he/she begin to experience Jesus through you?