In The Busyness of Life, Who Do You See?
“…that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”–John 6:40
As I read this scripture, my eyes rest on “sees the Son.” I ask myself, how often do I see Jesus? How often do my daily activities distract me and keep me from seeing the Son? Do I care that He is standing in front of me? Do I walk past Him not even noticing His presence?
First, picture yourself walking down a busy sidewalk with strangers coming and going. Next, you spot a close friend approaching. She/He hasn’t looked up because of reading text messages.
Therefore, you get to decide. Are you going to look at her/him and walk on past? Or are you going to make eye contact and greet your friend with a warm hug?
Will you enjoy as much conversation as you both have time for? If you choose to stop and visit, will you carry the vision of your friend and pieces of your conversation with you as you “tackle” your day?
As I read, “…who sees the Son and believes in Him…”, I ask how many times I SEE HIM during my regular day.
Do I walk on by because I am too busy to acknowledge His presence, talk to Him, and take part of Him with me?
Jesus Gives Us What We Need
In John 6, Jesus tells his disciples that God gives the true bread from Heaven. They jump on that, and ask Him to give them that bread ALWAYS!
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.” John 6:35,36
How many times do I rush past Jesus during by “busyness” not recognizing what He wants to offer me?
No wonder I get stressed over my “to do” list, fret over silly challenges, and close myself off to others’ needs!
My intentions are good I want to spend more quality time SEEING Jesus every day.
Therefore, when I realize I am slipping, I have to recommit myself to start my day with Him. Only then can I see Him, recognize His grace, and share His grace with others.
When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over. --George Carey Click To Tweet
So, when I don’t start my day with Jesus in prayer, empty busyness takes control. I take my eyes off of Him, and I forget to call on Him for help.for big or little things!
I’m not the only one…
In Matthew 14:29–30 Jesus called to Peter asking him to walk on water to join Him. Peter got nervous watching the waves caused by the strong winds. He began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus. He immediately called to Jesus to save him.
What was Jesus’s response?
“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” Matthew 14:31
Isn’t that amazing? Jesus didn’t chastise him focusing on his circumstances. He immediately reached out His had to catch Peter. He is waiting for us to call out to Him to save us in ANY situation.
Above all, I know I need to try harder to SEE Jesus each day spending time with Him in prayer and in His Word. Only then will I focus on His power and love.
“God, thank you for reminding me that Jesus is my friend worth seeing and listening to. Please give me the drive to start my day with Him. Forgive me when I am so busy and distracted that I take my eyes off of Jesus and forget to call on Him for help.”
Humble Disclaimer: The ideas for this blog came after I read one of the Our Daily Bread devotionals. Each devotional has corresponding scriptures which complement the writer’s story.
Some of the devotionals speak louder to me than others. When I am convicted, the act of sharing my thoughts helps me act on what I write. I guess you could say I am writing to myself!
I never want to sound “preachy” or self-righteous. The “cracks” in my “pot” are wide and deep.
I am living proof that “a cracked pot” can survive traumatic challenges. But, being a retired baby boomer causes me to consider how much time I may have left. Thriving, not surviving, is my passion. Spending time with Jesus is my lifeline.
What are some ways Jesus helps you thrive? Comment below!
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