1:38b John’s disciples said to Jesus, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

In response to Jesus’ probing question, “What are you looking for?”, John’s disciples give a remarkably profound and insightful answer in the form of a question of their own, asking Jesus, “where are you staying?”

It seems an odd question at first. But what they are asking is, can we come with you. Can we hang out with you? Will you allow us to accompany you wherever it is that your journey is taking you? Can we come to the place where you are?

We all have to decide where we are going to put down roots. Where are we going to “stay”? What are the forces, people and environments we choose to allow to shape our lives?

Where we choose to “stay” shapes who we become.

If we reside in the presence of greed, ambition, hyperkynetic activity and constant stimulation, we should not be surprised when our experience of life is fragmented, tense, and conflicted. When we spend our lives rushing frantically from one busy distracted activity to another we lose touch with the deep inner well-spring of refreshment that is Jesus.

When we stay on the surface of life without developing that deep inner place that Jesus came to uncover, we can hardly complain when we encounter circumstances that leave us feeling empty and forsaken. When we stay with bitterness, resentment and dissatisfaction, our lives become an empty shell, a gaping pit of need and unhappiness.

When we “stay” with Jesus, in the still silent deep inner place of trust and peace which is our true nature, we discover that in our depths reside resources and strength that are closed to us when our lives are entirely driven by the events that take place on the surface. When we “stay” with Jesus, something opens inside us that provides nourishment for the journey and sustenance along the way.

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Here is a sweet encouragement to keep our focus in the right place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-xZLZlPR_Y