What Are You Looking For?

Forward Day by Day, John 1:38, Spiritual Journey

Forward Day by Day,

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.


  1. I use “Day by Day” on a regular basis and also subscribe to your blog – so I was delighted to find your words gracing the month of March!

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  2. I am from a different tradition and still deeply enjoy your writings and the cross-over. The question is virtuous, beautiful for all who look inward, especially. Today, and often, the response is: I am looking for mySelf, looking for that which is not separate from God and therefore part of God. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Caroline. I appreciate you insight that this is an inward looking question. I’ve found that as I answer the question it always has consequences for my outer life and relationships.

      God’s peace be with you,


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