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?”
As I reflected on this week’s verse, I got to thinking about how amazing it is to be able to plan. I’m not a Zoologist but I suspect that our ability to plan in the short, mid and long term is a skill that sets us apart from the animal kingdom. Plans are so commonplace. For instance, I plan to pick up some milk on the way home from school today and then I’ll make dinner. Plans give us a logical set of events that lead us to believe that if all goes well we will achieve an overall outcome.
Plans don’t always go well. Sometimes this is due to the plan not matching with the goal and sometimes this may be due to the plan being poorly executed. I like to think that watching my beloved Adelaide Crows lose pitifully to North Melbourne last weekend was an example of a plan being poorly executed. The Crows game plan led to several wins in a row and suddenly stopped working! What changed?
God has a plan clearly revealed in Jesus’ death. Christ’s resurrection forever restored the relationship between God and humanity. Fixing this relationship was
God’s plan from way back and it was a plan perfectly executed. The problem was that God’s people weren’t, and often still aren’t, completely on board with his plan.
In the reading above Thomas asks a direct question about the plan to clarify his understanding. Thomas was a man that wanted to follow the plan…he just wasn’t
quite sure what it was. So often we forget that God does have a plan for us all. It is a plan that calls us to care for each other in community, to provide for each other, to support and care for each other. Elsewhere in the Bible, God calls this ‘practice for the world to come’.
Christ’s life gives us a perfect model to follow revealed in great detail in the Bible. Among our setbacks, frustration and confusion, let us remember and seek God’s plan for our lives. I find it no accident that often the lowest points of our lives find us furthest from God’s plan.