As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” – Luke 9:57 Wherever Jesus traveled, people were drawn to him. He’d be on one side of the lake and try to discreetly cross for some much-needed solitude, but—like there was a magnet drawing them—by the time he reached his destination, they would have swiveled around the shore and be waiting for him. It was like they were magnetized to him, like something in them knew he was their “true north”. We, too, find ourselves drawn to this man, this God-in-the-flesh, over and over again. He is the center, the magnetic north of all we hold dear in our lives of faith. When we lose our way, finding ourselves disoriented in some season or in some way, Jesus is the North Star we return to, again and again. If you are feeling disoriented today, consider turning to the gospels, and sitting with Jesus as he interacts with people – as crowds are drawn to him, as he loves them, as they are transformed. Perhaps watch him with the blind man or the children, brought by their parents to this lodestar (both in Mark chapter 10). See him walking to Jairus’s house and the woman who stopped him in his tracks (Mark 5:21-43). Listen to his teachings—from the hillside to the waterfront. Watch him love and heal and return people to the life they were designed to live. Let his life orient your own (even when that means walking with him through the suffering we see at the end of his time on earth! What is it like to be oriented *there*, too?). See where that takes you in the course of your day… in the course of your life.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2022-01-19 15:50:23 UTC