1Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going." 5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" 6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
My husband and I just recently got the Amazon Echo device. We spent about an hour setting it up with all of our voice controls, favorite songs, perfect pizza order, the news we wanted to hear every morning, and everything in between. We decided we would try out its ordering service so we said “Alexa, order my Easy Order from Dominos” and, after that, she tracked the pizza from their oven to our doorstep. Within 28 minutes, we were enjoying pizza at home and couldn't believe that just a few short words made it happen.
In today’s world, we live in an age when we can get whatever we want, whenever we want. We are so used to that convenience that sometimes 2-day shipping can even feel long. So, naturally, when we are praying to God for help or answers, we, too, expect immediate results.
To me, today’s reading from John is all about trusting God. Thomas asks, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus answers, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.”
We need to have faith, patience, and more than anything, trust. We need to trust that we are getting our prayers answered, even if it isn’t the way we want them to be, or as fast as we want. In a world that is moving faster and faster, we need to take the time to slow down and send our prayers and concerns to God, trusting that He always hears us and answers us in His time.
Heavenly Father, give me the patience to slow down and see you always. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Amanda Lawler
Administrative Assistant to Office and Communications