Navigating the Wilderness
…like sheep without a shepherd… Mark 6:30-46 From my own experience, children go through a phase where they will follow you everywhere, including the bathroom. They want to know where you are and what you’re doing at every moment. It’s a time in which rest for the weary isn’t always an option. Looking back, knowing that one day they would be responsible for navigating there own way, those are times I am ever grateful to have had with my own little sheep. After having taught the crowd, the disciples were eager for Jesus to send them on their way. Though weary, Jesus, in his compassion knew that he couldn’t let them go without having fed them in body and spirit that they may be fully strengthened for the journey, as they were in a deserted place. Surely the time would come when they too would have to navigate their own journey in this wilderness and in both faith and hope, it will be times such as these they will remember as they see their way through.
Navigating the Wilderness
Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 My mother was what others called “good people.” I know this because when she died numerous friends and acquaintances shared how instrumental she was in helping other people unconditionally, when ever she could and where ever she was. Our society has made a tremendous amount of scientific, medical and technological advances. As complex as they can be, the simplest advance we seem to have the most trouble with is our ability to love one another as we would love our self. This is not to say that we have not taken any steps towards love, we’ve simply only taken baby steps. We charge one another for love, (perhaps unknowingly) with our conditions, for what God unconditionally gives for free. We are called to love unconditionally, but when an act of what appears to be unconditional love happens we’re in awe! The advances in the world have allowed us to have more distractions than our parents and our children today have yet even more distractions than we had. The more advances we continue to create for ourselves the larger the world’s wilderness becomes and navigating unconditional love through that wilderness seems impossible. No doubt, unconditional love is a huge risk and can be quite painful but we must remember that the first act of unconditional love through Christ is still the only advancement in this life that continues to save us. When infection took over my mother’s body there was no advancement in science, medicine or technology that could save her. It didn’t matter because I knew that she had navigated her way to eternal life.