Much of life is consumed by waiting. Waiting to be united with one’s beloved. To fully delight in a person’s presence. The process of waiting can be slow and lengthy. Sometimes finding the way to unite with one another is challenging.
Our human relationships and built in longings point to an even greater reality. A sacrificial love that is all-consuming, life-giving, and full of truth. Some of us have experienced a fraction of this and crave more. Some of us have yet to find and rest in the one who cares for us more deeply than we can imagine.
Jesus speaking to his closest followers, said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” He desires for us to not experience the anxiety, emptiness, broken, and lonely pursuits that can consume our lives. Thankfully, Jesus does not leave us without a way to reconcile with God and experience ideal human flourishing, rescuing us from our ruptured relationship with him, failures, and shortcomings. Thomas, asks Jesus, “How can we know the way?”, and Jesus responds, offering himself as the solution: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
When we pour over the words of Jesus and abide in him daily, we will grow in our love for him. Not only this, but we will come to realize just how extravagant the lengths Jesus goes to gather us to himself.
Read John 13:31 – 14:14 and think about the words of Jesus and how you can respond.