Where do we turn?

This morning I was reading a passage from John’s Gospel, 6:67.

If you’re familiar with that, you’ll remember that Jesus and the disciples had just crossed over the Sea of Galilee (with Jesus walking part of the way, I might add), and landed at Capernaum. This was the home of Peter and his family, and it looks like Jesus stayed there often during His three-year ministry.   You might recall that Jesus cursed the city, along with Chorazin and Bethsaida for their refusal to accept His message. We visited there recently and I can tell you, except for some ruins of the synagogue, and a monument built over Peter’s house, the city’s gone.   Chorazin is in ruins and no one’s even quite sure where Bethsaida is today. What Jesus says… happens.

Anyway, here’s the verse I was talking about:  He had just been explaining to the crowds about the cost of discipleship and many people had turned away, deciding to not follow Him anymore. That had to be discouraging, even to the Son of God, so here’s what He says, beginning with John 6:67,

So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.’”

When I read that this morning, I flashed back to a cold day in February, 1992 when our son Trevor lay dying. In a hospital corridor where I’d stepped out for a breather, I growled under my breath at God, “Lord, if you let Trevor die, I won’t believe in You anymore!”

Before the words were even out of my mouth I had to laugh at myself, even though it wasn’t very funny at all. Because immediately I sensed God’s voice, loud and clear, coming from the depths of my heart. The words sounded something like, “Oh great, so you lose your son AND your God! That’ll really help.”

This is why Peter’s words resonate so well with me.  “Lord, to whom would we go?  You have the words that give eternal life.” It just seems so sad, and yet so frequent in our lives that, when things seem at their darkest, we start throwing things overboard, often starting with those things we need the most.

This week we’re dealing with some health-related conundrums with our extended family.  It’s frustrating when we don’t have any easy answers; and it’s tempting to start casting around for alternatives to the things we need the most, like prayer. There’s a world of advice out there, and some of it might be good. But we’ve got to remember Whose we are, and run all those things past Him first. “To whom would we go?” Indeed.

Jesus has the “words that give eternal life”, after all is said and done. We DO appreciate your prayers, and we DO take great joy in knowing that it’s all still very much in His Hands.

Cheerio!  And don’t forget Who’s in control!

PS,  In God’s sovereignty, He DID let Trevor die, and we DID survive, only because we KNEW He had us all, then and now, in His Heart.


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