Amidst all that is going on in your life, please look carefully. Jesus is there somewhere. Sometimes He is present in our lives out front and center. But other times He comes in ways that we can miss seeing Him, if we’re not looking intentionally. Whatever you do, it is our hope that you don’t miss your God moment by not looking for it… or rather, looking for Him.
Please prayerfully read the following description of Jesus’ birth (presented in The Word for You Today Devotional) where author Max Lucado explains what we are trying to say here.
“The ground is hard, the hay scarce. Cobwebs cling to the ceiling…Mary looks into the face of her Son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point the human being who best understands who God is and what He’s doing, is a teenage girl. She remembers the angel’s words, ‘His kingdom will never end.’ Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Honor in the filth of manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable. This baby had once overlooked the universe. His robes of eternity were exchanged for the rags keeping Him warm. His golden throne room abandoned in favor of a dirty sheep pen. Worshipping angels replaced with shepherds.
“Meanwhile the city hums, unaware that God has visited their planet. The innkeeper would never believe he’d just sent God out into the cold. And people would scoff at anyone who told them the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenager on the outskirts of their village. They were all too busy to consider the possibility. But those who missed His Majesty’s arrival that night missed it not because of acts of evil or malice. No, they missed it because they weren’t looking for HIM!”
We hope you will look for him and not miss your blessing. With all of the distractions you have surrounding you, be intentional in your search. Sometimes He makes His presence known through a “low whisper” as He did with Elijah. Other times, the Light of the World appears in other ways.
Max Lucado, in his book, In the Eye of the Storm writes about the visitation of Jesus in ways that we may not expect through:
“Gentle Lights… God’s solutions for doubt storms …not thunderbolts …not explosions of light …just gentle lights …visible evidence of the invisible hand. It’s soft reminders that optimism is not just for fools.
“‘When God comes,’ we doubters think, ‘all pain will flee. Life will be tranquil and no questions will remain.’ But because we look for the bonfire, we miss the candle. Because we listen for the shout, we miss the whisper. But it is in the burnished candles that God comes and through whispered promises he speaks: ‘When you doubt, look around; I am closer than you think.'”
Jesus Is Our Light
Lastly, God tells us in the Bible in Daniel 2:22, “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things. He who knows what is in the darkness. And the light dwells with Him.” In those “hidden things” —those times when you need His blessing, it is our prayer that God will shine His “Gentle lights” upon you. We hope He will help you to see things closer to the way He does. Please look for them –don’t miss what He has for you.
In John 8:12 it is written that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
May His Light shine upon you and bless you within your marriage,
Cindy and Steve Wright
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