Readings: Acts 7: 55-60, Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16, John 14: 1-14
There are those who live in a world where “turn left” is automatically followed by a left turn and there are others who live in a world where “turn left” is automatically followed by a fifty-fifty chance of turning left but with the hedged bet being on a good solid right turn (which is normally followed by an automatic click of the tongue or a very snappy “the other left!”). There are those who live in a world where north, south, east and west actually mean something and there are those who live in a world where that stuff only makes sense on a piece of paper and not in reality. There are those who live in a world where the direction I must take is perfectly obvious and there are those who live in a world where all roads seem to go in circles and every municipality in the world is obliged to turn their traffic grid into a maze with one ways, no-entries and ring roads that are designed expressly for the purpose of getting us lost.
If we only lived in your world, we might never get lost, but we would also never get to see the sights on those lesser travelled roads. If we only lived in my world, we would get to see all of the sights, but we would not know how to get back to those specific sights nor would we get to where we were meant to be going.
At every intersection in our journey of faith, especially as our faith affects our living, we are in need of those who will give us direction, we are in need of the one who will remind us why we are travelling the road we travel and where the road is leading us. As one who has travelled on many different roads to the place I am now, roads that were not wrong in themselves, or that I did not enjoy and learn from and mature along, I am not sure that there is only one road for us to follow in our lives. Not every road is the same and even though many roads will get us to where we are going, more or less; they are not all equal in terms of enjoyment or of time travelled or even in comfort. While some roads may not be the wrong road, they may also not be the better road. While two roads will be equally as good and equally as adequate, they may take us in completely different directions before bringing us to the same point in the end. Our experiences will have been different, but we will end up in the same place at the end.
Whatever road we are on, Christ is on with us and Christ continues to point out where our ultimate destination is. The Holy Spirit becomes that internal voice that helps us be those who live in a world where we know where we are going (as long as we remain connected to the Holy Spirit) and in a world where the journey is as important and fulfilling as the destination. Keep your eye fixed on God, and with the Holy Spirit as your guide and Jesus as your travel partner, every road becomes a life-giving road because you will always have the giver of life with you on the road you travel.