I am the queen of questions. I like having accurate and plentiful information. Going through Lyme Disease, we discovered most of what we see and hear in our culture is nothing more than manipulative propaganda, including our medical system, media and government. If you want to better understand what is truth, and what is manipulation for someone’s gain, you have to ask a lot of good questions and do some serious digging.
Sometimes I apply this mindset to my relationship with Jesus. I want to know what He is doing, where we are going, and what is coming down the road so I can prepare. Today in John, I am reminded that my relationship with Jesus is built on trust and obedience, not information or knowledge.
As Jesus walked by, John looked at Him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” He asked.
They replied; “Rabbi, where are you staying?”
“Come and see.” Jesus said. (John 1:36-39)
So often Jesus doesn’t outline the answer to our questions, rather He invites us to come along with Him and experience what life with Jesus is like. Many times the disciples likely didn’t know where the next meal would come from, but being with Jesus, they learned to trust that He would always bring provision, and often from unexpected, illogical places.
“Come and see.”
These words give no information, but in that invitation is a world of possibility if I have the trust to accept it. The two disciples at that moment had three choices: they could follow Jesus on no information, they could stop, paralyzed by a lack of knowing, or they could turn back to what they knew.
I too find myself facing these three choices so very often. “Come and see.” Jesus invites. And with the invitation is the choice to trust and walk forward without knowing the outcome or details of what Jesus is calling me into.
A friend of mine badly needed a new car. Every dealership had already turned down her loan application when we prayed. We told Jesus that we trusted Him to provide what was needed and very shortly afterward, one of the dealerships who had turned her down called saying they had approved her loan at an exceptional rate, not previously offered. We took a moment to do the happy dance and thank Jesus for His provision.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Are there areas in your life that you feel God has invited you into, but you are paralyzed for lack of information ? How could trusting and following in faith change your situation?