“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”
In these moments where New York City seems a little cold and lonely, it’s easy to crave a world where you can where everybody knows your name. I want creature comforts, polite small talk, a cup of coffee, a nap, and a sandwich, all at once! I want to go where the love is!
I’m sure Jesus’ disciples often felt the same way. I wonder if, in Mark 1:35-38, they were somewhat disappointed when Jesus told them it was time to move on. At this point in the Gospel of Mark, he had just performed healings and cast out demons in Capernaum and had even healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. I bet the disciples were excited to be a part of it all; they had certainly never experienced anything like Jesus before, and he was quickly causing a big stir. “Everyone is looking for you,” they said.
I wonder if the subtext wasn’t, “Come on, Jesus! Just one more miracle! You’ve got one more in you, don’t you?” But Jesus knew that it is less important to go where the love is than to go where God’s call leads.
Abigail Taylor-Sansom first came to The Journey in 2009 and loves being part of such an amazing church. She lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her wonderful husband, Rocky, whom she met on a blind date. They realized halfway through that first date that they both attended The Journey but had been going to different services the whole time (Abigail to the 6:30 and Rocky to the 10:00). They have since reached a compromise and now attend the 1:00 together!