John 1:38. “When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’
They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’”
I have probably answered this question from Jesus a thousand different ways. I’ll bet you have too. Each answer has eventually given way to a re-asking of the question: What are you looking for?
Each answer only takes me so far, as if the answers are compass points in my life but the actual question is the path I’m traveling. I know that if I don’t let the question live within me, I tend to become stuck, settled in place and asleep to the beauty and mystery of life. I must not presume to have the final and forever answer.
In my younger years, my answers to Jesus’ question were more concrete and definable—not so much any more. Jesus’ question is simple but not easily answered. Maybe Jesus doesn’t expect this question to be answered—maybe he asks us this question to keep us pondering, wondering, and musing—a question to keep us awake and open.
*Originally written for and published by Forward Day by Day.