A familiar question kids ask on a journey. So we give them games to play, tell them to go to sleep, or just shut up and wait. As we go through life, not only kids, but all of us ask: Are we there yet?
We are on a journey, a sacred journey, the Letter to the Hebrews says. Yet even on a sacred journey you can get tired. The Letter to the Hebrews– which we read in the next few weeks in the lectionary– is addressed to tired Christians. Would that be us?
Our ancestors, on their great journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, also experienced weariness, we’re reminded, and that led to discouragement and even rebellion. Despite the promises made to them and the signs of God’s power given them, they faltered. The desert journey got too much for them. Nothing big caused them to fail, just the weariness that came from being on the road day by day.
The Letter to the Hebrews is a letter of advice to tired Christians. Don’t ignore the danger that comes as you give yourself to life day by day, it says, but at the same time don’t let it get you down. Look to God who rested after the tiring journey of creation. God is your strength as you go along. Keep looking at people of faith, “the great cloud of witnesses” who pressed on through trials of every kind. Above all, look at “Jesus, who for the sake of the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has taken his place at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Are we there yet? No, but we’ll get there soon.