Matthew 8:14-34 — “Traveling”
One of the scribes then came up and said to him, “Master, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another man, one of the disciples, said to him, “Lord, let me go and bury my father first.” But Jesus said, “Follow me, and leave the dad to bury their dead.” (Matthew 8:19-22, NJB)
I have a friend, Diane, who is very spontaneous and will travel at the drop of a hat! She has a friend, Julie, who is not so slowly going blind and Julie wanted to see the northern lights in Iceland before she lost all of her sight. She called Diane to see if she would be willing to join her. Diane said sure and checked into flights within minutes of the phone call. They were in Iceland within a month of that phone call.
How many of us would do the same thing if we were asked? Jesus asked us to travel with him all of the time; asking us to leave our old ways of being in this world and try a new road. A road that has more love than hate on it; a road that has more acceptance than condemnation on it; and a road that is not closed, but open to all. Most of us are hesitant to truly follow Jesus in the way that he leads. It is not an easy road, this journey that Jesus asks us to follow, but Jesus is always walking with us.
Loving Creator, give me strength to say “yes” to journeying the way that Jesus has shown us. Amen.
– Pastor Nancy Tuma, First Presbyterian Church, Hiawatha, KS, and First Presbyterian Church, Falls City