What happened to Jesus between 12 and 30 years old? While Scripture says little, that doesn’t mean we aren’t invited to explore the question. If Jesus is in fact the pioneer of our salvation as Scripture tells us, it’s worth considering the journey Jesus had to take to become the man who changed everything and opened up the Kingdom of Heaven to all.
So little is known about the years of Jesus boyhood, but there is gold still to be mined. While God appears as silent as Joseph on the explicit details of Jesus early life, What He leaves to our informed imagination has the power to inform us about our personal journey. He appears eager to invite us to search out the full measure of His son’s humanity.
There are moments when beauty hurts. Sitting with my bare feet in the cold running water I watched my kids frolic. We'd been here catching bugs and other critters for a while to stretch our legs after hundreds of miles on the road. We needed to carry on if we wanted to cross the continental divide while it was still light. But this small stream had exactly what I wanted.