I remember clearly when my oldest son turned eight years old. We made a special mother and son trip to Seattle to celebrate. We stayed the night at a hotel, which was so fun! The next day after playing around the city for bit, we began our drive home. This involved a two and a half hour drive over the mountain passes leading back to the “Apple Capital of the World,” Wenatchee, Washington.
It is a scenic drive that changes seasonally. Unfortunately, on this Presidents’ Day weekend in February, it wasn’t possible to take in the surroundings. What started as fluffy, quarter sized snowflakes billowing down as we exited Seattle, quickly turned into snow pelting furiously across the windshield. The conditions continued to become more treacherous. The lines on the roadway disappeared as we continued inching our way across the pass, and I could barely see through the dizzying haze in front of me. Cars were careening off the road and dotting the shoulder, and several semi-trucks were jackknifed all across the road. I kept my hands clenched on the steering wheel and my eyes hyper-focused ahead of me while praying the entire drive that my sweet birthday boy and I would make it home safely.
Finally, we made it through the snowstorm and back to the safety of our home. As we drove that final stretch, my son and I discussed our harrowing journey. I made the comparison of the road trip to our lives. We are on earth, and we have a goal to get home—back to heaven to our loving Heavenly Father and Savior. We have a map (the word of God in the Holy Scriptures), we chart our course, and embark, but at times we cannot see the way. There are circumstances that can knock us off the path, and many dangers to navigate. How do we see the way through the storms?
Christ established His gospel when He was on the earth. At His Last Supper He told His disciples that even though He would no longer be with them, they could find Him. John Chapter 14 teaches us how.
Thomas asked, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?”
Jesus replied, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Christ then prayed to the Father, “And he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”
Christ told us He is the way, and He left us with a gift: the Comforter.
Jesus further explains to the Twelve: “… the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.”
The Comforter is the Holy Ghost, a gift from God to teach us everything necessary for us to know. This Spirit reveals those things we need to direct us. When we walk by faith and follow the directions received, we can find the way home. How very blessed we are to have a compass and guide that God has given all His children to direct us back to Him. May we all remember to pause and ask, just as Thomas did. Our hearts will feel the guidance from the Gift of the Spirit, who will gently remind us always that Jesus Christ is the way.