Based on John 14:1-7
I have the pleasure of being this week’s Revival speaker at Turner Memorial AME Church in West Columbia, South Carolina and have spent some of my “down time” visiting friends and riding around in my hometown.
Doing so has reminded me that Columbia has evolved in the fourteen years since I moved to Charleston. Old neighborhoods have changed and new ones have been built. Familiar stores, schools and other landmarks have been demolished and replaced by new ones, and what used to be wooded, rural areas are now bustling suburbs.
Columbia has expanded, modernized and changed since the days of my youth, but I have no trouble finding my way around town. The buildings and landmarks are different and some of the roads have been widened, but the basic layout of the streets is still the same. I don’t get lost because I was born in and lived in Columbia for most of my life. My “roots” are still there and still remember where each road will take me.
When we grow and are rooted in Christ just as we grow and are rooted in the places of our youth, we can navigate life with the same kind of confidence that enables me to navigate the streets of my hometown. We live in a world that constantly changes. From technology to the economy to our customs to our relationships, life sometimes puts us through changes as we simply try to keep up and cope. We can easily lose our way in a world of varying and sometimes dangerous choices that look new and inviting but can often leave us feeling lost, confused and frustrated.
Knowing and believing in Christ, however, keeps us rooted, grounded and in touch with The God who always cares for us, always provides for us and never leads us wrong. When Christ is our Savior, comforter and guide we can face each new day with confidence, even in a world of changes.
We can navigate life’s roads and find victory, knowing that in a world of choices and changes where we can easily lose our way, the Jesus who said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” will lead us over familiar roads of faith and determination to new and wonderful blessings.