It is an alarming feeling to be lost. I’m sure most of us have experienced this discombobulating sensation at some point in our lives. It is different than wandering with no clear destination in mind. Being lost indicates a journey of purpose in which the path to achieve said destiny has become more than elusive.
When I was growing up (in the time before there were electronic navigational tools), having a map in the glove box was a necessity. Although, comprehending the information on the map was no small feat, especially if you did not know where you were in relation to the roads and towns represented there. In those days, it was somewhat of a family joke that my father would resist stopping to ask for directions until all hope of finding the way was lost. At which point, finding a source of help became the preeminent priority. I recall a number of times when the atmosphere in our car was tense and the frustration thick enough to cut with a knife.
Eventually, finding our way brought palpable relief that was usually accompanied by hilarious frivolity. My father was generally willing to find humor in absurdities, and most often these events added a sense of adventure to the proceedings. And, the re-telling of them became family lore.
Navigating God’s Kingdom way can be no less fraught with trials and difficulties. However, in Christ, there is also great adventure. As Jesus was preparing to do the will of the Father, which included His death on a cross, He said these comforting words to His disciples: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. And you know the way where I am going.” (John 14:1-4 NASB)
After Jesus said these things, Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; how do we know the way?” (John 14:5 NASB) I’m so grateful for Thomas and his honest response. How often I’ve wondered exactly that: “How do I know the way?”
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NASB) What does this mean for you and me? It means we have a new way of living. We don’t have to flounder and wander and lose the path, because we have His presence and His Spirit to cheer and to guide. We don’t have to grapple with what is true and what is false, because His Word is true and His character flawless. We have access to real and substantial life, not simply shadows and implications, because we can be born again into His Kingdom where love enlarges our heart and opens our eyes to see the life for which we were created.
Dear one, if the way seems hard, believe He is with you and receive the benefit of His presence. If you are confused, believe His Word and find wisdom and light for your path. If you feel lost, believe that you can be found in Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Until next week, beloved, find your way in Him, filled with truth and love.