Simon Peter answered, “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68
I thought about this response from Peter this morning. Jesus had just asked the remaining disciples whether they wanted to leave him too. So many folks had turned and walked away…His words too hard/too uncomfortable to digest.
I look in the rearview mirror of my life sometimes and find myself, during painful or hard-to-understand seasons, answering the same way.
“Lord, if I left You, where would I go?”
I’ve tasted life on my own.
I’ve tried to navigate the tough roads with all the uncertain twists, turns and bumps all by myself. And, I don’t like the dark and lonely places I ended up.
I’ve also tasted life with You– leading, guiding, counseling, consoling, loving, protecting.
I’ve experienced, first hand, what it means to be rescued from a pit of despair. I know what it looks like to have chains of captivity snapped by Your incredible love and mercy. I remember how it felt to take that first breath of freedom and to walk in the wide open spaces of Your grace.
So I stand with Peter today…asking “Lord, if I left You, where would I go?”
I kneel at my Savior’s feet with the prostitute and wash His feet with grateful tears. (Luke 7)
I grab hands with the Samaritan woman at the well, run back to town and proclaim- “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! (John 4)
I sit with David by streams of living water, giving pep talks to my soul “Why so downcast? Put your hope in the Lord and praise Him!” (Psalm 42)