If you were alive during Jesus’ time on earth, would you have known who He was? Would you have felt something stir in the depths of your soul when you first saw Him? Would you have stopped to listen to Him? Would you have followed Him?
I don’t know if I would have known, I don’t know if I would have truly seen Him, and I don’t know if I would have followed Him.
Wondering about this makes me so sad as I picture the possibility that I might have walked right by our Lord and Savior, our sweet Jesus, without a second glance.
I don’t want to walk by Him. I want to stop and kneel as He passes by me, I want to crawl behind Him and touch the earth that He has just graced with bottom of His beautiful foot and I want to yearn for Him to turn towards me and smile.
For now I want to prepare to truly see Him and know Him when He returns by looking for Him in everyone I see. If I can find Him hidden in everyone I see, then maybe I will be blessed with the opportunity to see Him and know Him in His full and glorious form someday.
Jesus, please help me to look for You and see You in everyone I meet.
God really wanted me to wake up this morning. I first woke up at 5:40 am and thought to myself, I should get up and read the Bible or my devotional, but I felt too tired so I rolled over and went back to sleep. I woke up again at 6:03 am and again rolled over to go back to sleep. Finally at 6:10 am, I had to get up because the alarm in the girls bedroom went off and was blasting NPR all over the house. I took this as a sign that God was not taking “No” for an answer this morning 🙂 Thankfully none of the girls woke up… I’m not sure how they slept through it, but they did!
I think what I took from all of this was a reminder not to get swept away by the wrong things this Christmas. The last few days have been a little hectic as I have been preparing for Christmas, sending cards, shopping, cooking, wrapping, cleaning, etc. I haven’t found much time to sit in peace and quiet and just listen.
I want to listen during this Holy time. I want to sit in peace and think of our Savior, His Mother, His earthly Father and His Holy Birth. I want to be moved to depths of my soul as I reflect on Him.
Thank you my Loving and Heavenly Father for nudging me awake this morning. Please help me to keep You always in my sight and to stay awake!
Listen carefully my friends, He might be trying to wake you up too!
Do you see miracles everyday? Do you see miracles in the blossoming of a flower, the beauty of a sunset or the birth of a child?
Or do you believe that the word miracle is too loosely applied to the everyday events and moments of our world? Do you only see miracles in events such as the parting of the Red Sea, the opening of the eyes of the blind, or the healing of the sick or the lame?
If God parted the Red Sea everyday would this still be a miracle? Would we continue to see this as a miracle? If Jesus had lived into old age and had continued healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, calming storms and walking on water, would these miracles eventually have been taken for granted and become an expected part of everyday life?
Just because a baby is born every few seconds on earth, this doesn’t change the fact that there was less than 1 chance in 10282(million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion) that life would occur anywhere in the universe at the beginning (as discussed by Dr. Hugh Ross in the article The Probability for Life on Earth).
Despite the minimal chances for life to occur anywhere in the universe at the beginning, miraculously we do exist and miraculously we continue to exist through the new children who are born every few seconds.
Maybe our inability to appreciate the everyday miracles that now seem mundane to us is what is preventing us from seeing and experiencing the extraordinary miracles.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Maybe we need to be a little more honest with ourselves regarding the miraculous events that we experience everyday in order for our eyes to be opened to see not just the everyday miracles, but every miracle.
Jesus please continue to open our blind eyes! Please help us to gratefully see and accept all of Your amazing works and wonders!
When I was young I played tennis and I had a coach who once told me to be confident. He said to hold my head high and walk a little slower when changing sides between games. I always remembered this and since that conversation I have tried to do hold my head high, walk slow and have confidence in myself.
As I was running today I was thinking about how nice it is to hold your head high. It gives you such a different perspective and view as you walk or run through life.
When you look down most of the time you see more of the man-made things, shoes, pants, streets, side walks, cars, tires. When you hold your head high you can see more of what God has made, the eyes of others, flowers, birds, trees and even the sky in your peripheral vision.
I want to keep holding my head high, but I am going to try to change the reasoning behind it. I don’t want to hold my head high anymore in confidence, pride, or superiority.
I want to hold my head high so that I can keep God in sight!
Jesus, thank you for the beautiful and natural things that fill our world and surround even our man-made things with your beauty. Please help us to always keep You in our sight!