Our scripture this week is John 14:1-14.
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:5-7
Thomas asks the question that all the disciples are likely considering – “how can we know the way?”. They are thinking in human terms and want specific instructions. Jesus tells them that He is the way, the only way to be connected to God and to know Him is to know God.
Jesus wants them (and us) to understand His relationship with God to better understand and develop our own. He doesn’t ignore Thomas’ question but He doesn’t give him the “roadmap” the disciples are looking for, He tells them that following Him is the way they need to go.
We want things explained to us specifically, step by step and neatly packaged…and even then we often ignore the instructions we receive. Jesus says it doesn’t work that way, that each of us has a different call and different gift from God. We must each follow Jesus where He leads us individually, regardless of the way others go.
Loving Lord, help us when we are lost and confused. May we see the love You bring to each of us and the way You open for us. Amen.