“We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
I was sitting in my awesome church last night, listening to a game changing message, and this question smacked me right in the head. I mean, right in the head. If you’re not familiar with where this question comes from, it’s from the book of John in the Bible (perhaps one of my favorites). It is from one of those verses that we all overlook. You know, the one’s you’ve heard since age 4? Anyway, Jesus is telling the disciples,
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
Easy enough to understand, eh? You read this and you think, He said it. They understood it. Conversation done. Moving on.
But little do you know, I was alive back then, and in my typical fashion, I said,“No, we don’t know, Lord…we have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (Thomas actually said that). I’m never always there to second guess Him.
And, as if it were no big deal, Jesus simply responds, “I AM the way” sssssmack.
How many times a day do I tell Him that I don’t know the way? I tell Him that life isn’t happening how I have it planned out, and that He is leading me astray. But, He’s the way.
He’s the friggin’ way.
The Message version says that He is the road. Really? Could I be dumber? He’s the road. Not the dead end, or the pot hole that trips us up.
He’s the road. You know, that thing we take to get where we’re going? That thing we need to get where we’re going?
Tell me, why should I think that I’m being led astray when He’s the ROAD? Again, sssssssmack.
When the thing that I think should be happening isn’t…well, it’s because it shouldn’t be. It’s not because He’s punishing me or playing games with me. He’s the road, and He’s what I should be following. Shouldn’t I know that whatever comes is in His plan? It’s on His road isn’t it?
How easy the concept is to grasp, right? It should just be, He said it. We get it. Moving forward.
But we don’t move forward do we?
We like to pout, and hold on to the past, and play the what-if cards. We point our finger at Him and say, “You’ve messed this whole thing up. I had a plan!”
And He probably smiles and lets out a little chuckle because He knows we’re dummies. He knows where we’d be if our lives played out the way we plan for them to. He knows that we’re gonna get over our momentary hissy fit, and realize that the Way is much better.
Here’s to shutting Thomas up and moving forward.