Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” John 14:5
I sometimes travel a bit with my job. Whenever I have to go somewhere I’ve never been before I call to make sure I have a good address and then I look it up on Mapquest. I print out the map and I print out the driving directions. And if it is still unclear at that point I call back for clarification. I hate being lost.
If someone called and scheduled a time for me to come to their place of business, but left no address, chances are I’m not going to make it there. If I don’t know where you are, how can I get to you?
Thomas’ question makes a lot of sense to me. Nobody wants to get lost or waste time going in the wrong direction. We just need clear instructions, so Jesus please just map out all of life for us so we can see where it ends and what path we need to take.
In this day everyone is crying out to know their purpose. It sells lots of books. Somehow I don’t think the Lord is nearly as interested in showing us our purpose as we might think. To Thomas’ question Jesus’ answer was “I am the way”.
I don’t think the answer has changed.
I was very blessed many years ago by this phrase from a song by Gianna Jessen “He doesn’t ask me to know, only to follow”.
So when life at times feels directionless, I am learning to be content to know this – Jesus is still the way.
If we keep our eyes on him, and if he’s always with us, then it shouldn’t matter where our path lies or where it goes—even if it feels like we’re going in circles or going nowhere at all. He is still the way and that should be enough.
(that and the Mapquest directions…)