“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:1-7

This world is so hard to cope with some days. So much happens that causes us pain and sadness, so many moments of restless, impotent frustration. We clench our fists and shake our heads but nothing we do or say on our own can change this world. Sometimes it is even hard to trust God because we aren’t capable of understanding what it is he has planned and we never will be able to understand fully.

How fitting then that that very same God became one of us, with all the limitations of mortal life and became the one and only resurrected Savior of humanity. Not only because of that salvation but because he knew pain, death, frustration, even temptation. He knew every aspect of human life, and still does.

If you can’t believe in God some days, just believe in Jesus. I’m serious. I affirm to you that just holding onto the sinless life of Jesus and his promises of Heaven for those who trust him is enough for some days. Deeper theology and harder thoughts are for the easy times of reflection. In suffering, we need the Man of Sorrows.

We know the Way. Let’s follow him.

Ethan Kirl