The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!"
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter). John 1:35-42
Transitions are always hard. Moving from one self understanding to another is always challenging. A new job, a new home, a sudden move or illness - all of these can stress us to the max. We are in a new home, I have a new job, and there have been many changes in our daughters' lives, We are all coming to terms with new ways of being. It is hard sometimes, in these transitions, to imagine what is ahead, or what a stable future might look like,
The men who were following John, encountered Jesus and knew that changes were before them. They were in the midst of a transition and were faced with questions. Jesus asked them what they want and they reply they want to see where he is staying. Seems a silly question. But they were seeking a deeper understanding of their own lives and what it meant to be standing at this critical intersection, this massive transition in their lives. What they had been waiting for had come and now they had to imagine themselves in new ways, The good news is that Jesus took them to his place and made them welcome. And in our days ahead, we will also be shown safe places and made welcome. We are always welcome to come and see.
Today I ask God to help me to ask for what I need.to be shown. May we trust that God is always making a place for us and welcoming us all along the road, no matter how confusing or rocky it may seem. May we trust that we are held firm in stable and loving hands that likewise hols our futures, secure and welcoming, always.