Week 28: A piece of mind

Today’s reading:
John 14: 5
““No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”” (NLT)

Is that an irritated tone we hear in Thomas comment? What ticked Thomas? Jesus and his disciples were all assembled in the upper room. The Lord had given an intense lesson in discipleship by washing his disciples’ feet. He then predicted his betrayal by one of them (John 13: 21). That could have ticked Thomas. Jesus predicted Peter’s denial (John 13: 31-38). Peter was a good friend, one of them, a comrade. After all, he was the only one who had the courage to step out of the boat on water. All the others stayed in the boat. And Jesus had to say something like this about Peter. It not only offended Peter but it may have offended Peter’s friends too.

I guess that is why Jesus had to start by saying, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (John 14:1). Jesus continues to explain himself and says, “And you know the way to where I am going.” That is when Thomas snapped. “No, Lord! We don’t know. Why don’t YOU tell us? Tell us what are we doing? Where are we going with this? We have been with you all this time and you accuse us of betraying you!” (emphasis mine)

Thomas gave Jesus a piece of his mind. Thomas spoke his feelings. He was upset and he let Jesus know about it. Jesus did not strike Thomas dead because he did that. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (14:6). Jesus was patient. He understood Thomas’ frustration and calmly gave him reasons why there is more hope than he thought there was.

You and I have the same privilege today. To speak our mind to Jesus. To tell him we are upset when we are. If you don’t like how things are going, tell him that too. Ask him why. Ask him what. Ask him how. He will patiently answer and he will guide. After all, Jesus is the answer. He is the way. And the truth we all need!

What do I pray?
Ask God to help you be sincere. Be sincere. Tell him your doubts, your fears and worries. Tell him why you are happy. Tell him what will make you happy. Listen to what he has to say. Understand his truth and even his ways.

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