In my opinion, this week’s gospel contains one of the most powerful phrases Jesus utters: “Come and see.” Jesus could have answered Andrew’s simple question and ended the conversation. Instead, Jesus honors his curiosity and invites him to come and see for himself the ministry of Jesus. Andrew, having seen for himself, knows “We have found the Messiah.”
In our story this week in Spirit, the teens from Virginia could have looked on the internet and read about the work that Heifer International does to end hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture. It is possible from that research, their minds could have been changed. They, however, took it a step further. The youth group went to see Overlook Farm themselves. As we see in the story, it was more than their minds that were changed by following Jesus’ request to, “Come and see.”
What happened in the story that may not have happened had they stayed home and stayed comfortable? Where do you see heart transformation in the story?
Currently in the United States, there is a lot of talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement. People form strong opinions about the movement– for and against– after only hearing short news blurbs or glancing at the social media activity around the movement. My friend Robbie decided to withhold her opinion until she could go and see for herself. She spent several days wandering through the protest, talking to people, eating with people and listening carefully. I really respect her for taking the time and effort to go and see for herself.
An old African proverb urges us, “When you pray, move your feet.” Thinking about the disciple Andrew, the Virginia youth group and my friend Robbie, I think there is truth here. There is so much power in moving our feet to go experience things outside our normal realm. Transformation can happen when we venture out to see new things and form relationships in places we don’t normally go. Whenever possible, I say yes to the invitations to “Come and see.” It has led me to live in Denver, South America and New York. It has led me to mountaintops and into relationship with precious communities of people I did not know existed. Without fail, going and seeing has changed me at a heart level. I have never regretted it.
When have you been curious enough to go and see something for yourself? What happened?
What do you feel like Jesus is inviting you to now in your life? Will you say yes?Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives via Creative Commons License