What Are You Looking For?

What Are You Looking For?

Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” John 1:38

My consistent ability to lose things drives me nuts. Important papers, keys, coffee mugs, jackets, tools, the list of lost objects goes on and on. I set something down and, almost immediately, forget where I put it. The worst part is, I know it will happen and still do it. Spare me the advice, I’ve tried a million methods and still lose things.

I used to get angry when this would happen. But my anger never helped me find anything. Eventually, I learned to live with the condition. Nothing was ever lost, it just wasn’t in front of me at this moment. Getting mad only created more anxiety which made lost objects even more difficult to find. Slowing down, allowing them to be lost, strangely helped me find them.

It might take awhile, but objects can be found. When I lose my keys, I know what they look like and can retrace my steps. This is not always the case when I am spiritually lost. People you are spiritually lost may not know what to look for. Even worse, They may not realize they’re lost. When anxiety consumes our soul, or when life feels empty and uninspired, how do we know where to find spiritual renewal?

I think the two disciples who start following Jesus in today’s reading are lost. They are looking for something, but are not sure what it is. Jesus asks them, “What are you looking for?” They only ask to know where Jesus dwells. Eventually, they will find life simply by dwelling with Jesus.

If you were asked, “What are you looking for?” How would you respond? Perhaps, you are not lost. Maybe, all the answers to your issues and concerns are neatly ordered in a place you can easily find. However, if you are lost like me, then I invite you to come and see where Jesus dwells. Where Jesus dwells might not always provide a simple answer, but it will definitely be full of life.

Click to read: John 1: 35-42

Reflection Questions:

  • What are you looking for today?
  • What causes you greater anxiety: the possibility of losing something, or knowing you lost something?
  • How are you able to determine your spiritual health? And, how important is it to your daily life?
  • If you are searching for something spiritual, where do you go to find it?

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