Recently, my wife and I decided to buy a piece of furniture from someone on Craig’s List. I called them up, got their address, and headed off in my truck.
Now, I knew the address was out in the country between Big Lake and Elk River, but I certainly did not have a clear idea of where it was, so I headed off to Big Lake. I then decided to deploy technology.
I took out my phone and activated the Satellite Navigation program, and I was soon zooming down little country roads following the instructions of my phone. Many turns and curves later, the phone correctly announced I was at my destination.
I have used navigation programs before, but in the past, I always had a sense that I could have found the place on my own. On that day, I had no such sense. Without that guidance, I would probably still be bouncing down little country roads, always circling but never reaching my destination.
I feel my journey to Big Lake is similar to a lot of people’s spiritual journeys. They know where they want to go, but are not quite sure how to get there. They travel down paths of self-enlightenment, broad highways of popular wisdom, and expressways of self-gratification, but never seem to find the peace and contentment that they are looking for.
Just as I needed my GPS to reach my destination, they need a guidance system to reach theirs.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 14, Jesus tells the disciples, and by extension, us, that he is going to his Father’s house to prepare a room for them a room in which they can find that peace and contentment they seek. The disciples object and state that they do not know how to get there.
Jesus replies, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
What Jesus meant was that in His life, death, and resurrection, all that is necessary for our salvation was made complete. In his death and resurrection, he has atoned for us and opened the path to the Father; and in His life and teaching, he has given us the path to follow Him home.
In this Easter season, I invite you to consider whether you have been wandering aimlessly in your journey of life. Have you gotten caught in some dead end? Or, can you see the goal in the distance, but can’t figure out how to get there?
Find a copy of the Bible and read the Gospel of John. You will see the good and sure guidance that will bring you to the true journey’s end.