“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.” (John 14:5-6)
Years ago in the mountains of Colorado, I went on an elk hunt in the brutal winter. Camping out in a tent, struggling to stay warm, I pushed on to hunt. While following elk tracks in the snow, a blizzard descended and I found myself in a whiteout. I had never been in such a place in all my life. Though I was confident trekking through the mountains, in territory where I had never been before, it was a scary place to be. First, I didn’t know how long the snow would fly or how deep it would get. One thing I did know…I knew the way back to camp because I had tied orange survey tape to various trees along my original path. As long as I stayed on that way, I would not be lost.
Following Christ is an exciting journey! Though you and I may never fully know what is up ahead of us, we can be confident that we will not get lost. When Jesus answered Thomas directly, He made it clear. There would be no need to follow orange survey tape to keep you on the right path. He was to follow, not a path, but a person. Capture this today. Don’t focus on a path to navigate your way through life. Refuse to think that strict adherence to any particular code will land you in the right place. Instead, fix your mind, your heart…in fact, all of you on Jesus Himself.
He says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Growing up in the sixties, I remember singing little choruses that still encourage me today. Why don’t you sing this chorus with me, even now?
I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.
If you have, there’s no need to be afraid, even when you are caught in some kind of blizzard situation, where you can’t see very far. Don’t look for a path, look for a person…He is right here now!
“Oh Lord, open my eyes to see You. And when I think my eyes are on You and they really aren’t…show me that, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”