I lost my map on purpose

Section of topographical map of Nablus area
Section of topographical map of Nablus area (W...
Section of topographical map of Nablus area (West Bank) with contour lines at 100-meter intervals) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think it was in Boy Scouts where I learned the importance of planning.  When we prepared for camping trips, we created checklists for the gear and meal plans for the food.  I learned how to read a map and orient with a compass it so that I could use it to find my way.  I was comforted by these plans because I felt prepared and safe on camping trips.

Over the years, I relied too much on the plans inside my head to attempt to generate security for my life.  When I felt lost, rather than turning toward God, I would create a plan.  So, I can relate to the concern expressed by Thomas to Jesus in today’s reading from the Gospel of Saint John:

Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”

The verses today is the first part of the discourse from the Last Supper where Jesus provided comfort:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.

Where I am going you know the way.”

As I have learned to trust God and discern his plan for me, I no longer feel necessary to create elaborate plans for my life.  I learned the importance of living in this moment, rather than for tomorrow.  Much to my chagrin, I have embraced the concept that “life is a journey” – an expression that I used to find trite and annoying.

Through my faith that Jesus Christ is the son of God, I know that I am not alone on my journey and that my own map is useless because I do know the way:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The sense of wonder and freedom I feel in my trust of Jesus is a miracle.  Thanks be to God!

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