|John 2:12||Read Online|
After this, He went down to Capernaum, together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.
Google Maps says it’s 23.9 miles from Cana to Capernaum—only a 40-minute drive, but an 8-hour and 11-minute walk. That’s a lot of walking! Seriously, are we there yet? But, it’s in those times of transition, those moments of living in the in-between, that we glean the most knowledge. We learn about ourselves and the people we’re traveling with.
The disciples had just witnessed Jesus’ first sign: He turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Did they talk about what was going through Mary’s head when she asked Jesus to do something? Did they talk about why Jesus waited until then to display His glory? Were the disciples jabbing each other, saying, “I knew it! I told you so!”?
At the same time, though, the in-between can be frustrating. We’d rather be where we were, celebrating at the wedding in Cana, or we’d rather jump ahead to where we want to be, on to the next thing in Capernaum.
But it’s in the journey where we learn the most. It’s where character is developed. It’s where Jesus can help us process what just happened and prepare us for what’s to come. The destination is just as much about the journey itself as it is the end point.
I wish I could experience the journey the way they did. I wish I could walk with Jesus like the disciples did in this verse, but I really have no room to complain.
It’s not just a New Testament thing: “And after the birth of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and fathered other sons and daughters. So Enoch’s life lasted 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him” (Genesis 5:22-24).
What does it look like to walk so closely and intimately with God that He just takes you?
But it’s not just a Bible-time thing either. We have the same invitation extended to us. Jesus said, “It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).
Is what we have in the Holy Spirit is better? YES! It’s God in us. It’s to our benefit.
My prayer for today is as I go from one thing to the next is that I walk with Jesus. May I hear the things He has to teach me in the in-between—at traffic lights, walking to a meeting, running errands, waiting for the elevator. May I be in tune with Him, regardless of whether I perceive my day to be routine or important.
- Think back. How has God been faithful to you in the past? How have you seen Him use those moments of living in the gap to prepare you for what’s to come?
- Do you feel like you’re stuck in the in-between right now? What do you keep looking toward?
- Despite its frustrations, how is the gap in what you’re waiting for right now a gift?