So it wasn’t the new address, the having to find his own food, the new daily pattern of life – but the stark fact that the loo roll fairy didn’t actually exist, it had been dad along – that propelled him into this next phase of his growing up.
Have a look at the last few verses of John, which describe how Nathanael came to follow Jesus. It was a curious story. He was the cynic who said ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ when he saw that Philip was impressed with this man Jesus whom he had met. It was the almost throwaway comment Jesus makes, that he had noticed him watching from under the fig tree, that had him proclaiming the Nazarene was the King of Israel!
The time had come to become a buyer of toilet rolls, and we move on to the next part of our calling to mature.
The time comes when we realise we can not just sit under the tree watching the world go by, but need to step in behind the One who sees and knows us, and admit we have a longing to know and love God, something that can only be fulfilled by following the Son.
PS Apologies for the missing blogs this week – an internet shadow fell across the vicarage from Monday to Thursday!