Date: Friday, August 15
Scripture: John 14:1-14
Verse: Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)
While driving through a parking lot the other day, I saw a lady with a map out on the hood of her car, presumably trying to figure out where she was or where she was going. It was like a scene from the past, since so many of us today either use a GPS or a map app on our phones to get turn-by-turn directions to our destination. It reminded me though how helpful it is to see the whole journey, at least that is something I want to know about the destinations of my life’s journey.
Today’s reading is part of John’s telling of the Holy Week story. Jesus has just finished washing the disciples’ feet and telling them about his impending death, saying he is “going away.” The disciples are trying to absorb what this means for them, and how they will continue on their journey toward God. So they ask Jesus, “Where are you going?” (John 13:36). The disciples want a roadmap, or at least a destination. Jesus gives an interesting response which doesn’t include a destination or even directions. Instead he reminds them they already know God, because they know him. He is the way they are looking for, the truth they need, and the life they long to receive.
We may want the whole thing laid out for us — where we are going to college, who we will marry, where our kids will end up, where our next job will be, where we will retire. But Jesus reminds the disciples that their lives are not about the destination, they are about the journey. And the most important part of the journey is not a map, but the right traveling partner. If we are traveling with Jesus, we are on the road on which we belong. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to trust you for every step of the journey. Amen.
Action: Spend some time looking at your house, your neighborhood, or maybe a former home on Google Earth.
Respond: Do you look at the whole journey on your phone or GPS, or are you satisfied to trust the turn-by-turn directions?
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