Updated: May 9, 2019
"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them." - Psalm 145: 18-19.
The other day I went with my dad to take his truck into a shop to get his windshield repaired. This cold weather is great for making glass rather fragile. I drove behind him on the way there, but as we traveled, I continued to get stopped by various lights or by more traffic entering the roads. Within the first five minutes of my forty minute drive, I had lost sight of my dad.
I carried on, knowing for the most part how to get to our destination. Eventually I was approaching the place I needed to be, but I couldn’t quite find it. The only instruction my dad had given me prior to leaving our driveway was: we are looking for Beach and Lapeer.
This situation reminded me of when Jesus was telling His disciples about the Holy Spirit coming to replace His own earthly presence.
Jesus said to His disciples, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you," John 14:16-17.
Much like I was only left with my dad’s vague instructions, the disciples and other early Christians were only left with the memories and teachings of Jesus. They no longer had Him physically leading them in His will.
Fortunately, I was able to call my dad and he told me where I needed to go. Similarly, we are able to call on Jesus through prayer. The Holy Spirit is alive and ready to work in our lives, we just have to give Him a call and ask for directions.
Jesus went before us, He knows the way. We just have to give Him a call to know where to go.