57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Luke 9:57-58
We didn’t walk to Galilee tonight, but we thought about it. Thirty minutes from our destination by the shore of the Sea of Galilee we ran into completely stopped traffic. An accident had stopped all traffic. We waited in traffic … going no where. Darkness setting in all around us interrupted only by the red brake lights. We are worn out by 24 hours of travel and a jump ahead in time of seven hours. We know that a nice bed and a warm meal is waiting for us at the hotel – we need only be patient.
Following Jesus is much easier when the comforts of the world await you at the end of the day. I think Jesus wanted his Disciples to be prepared for those moments when comfort and pleasure were not available.
Our comforts and needs are taken care of … even in a traffic jam … the timeless truths of Jesus will be on display in the place aptly called the Fifth Gospel – the Holy Land.
May we discover the call to follow Jesus is no different today as it was then …
Tomorrow a morning boat ride on the Sea and multiple sights around the area of Galilee … but until then … the comforts of a pillow and warm bed are calling …