While We Are Here

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I don’t see things all that well. Oh my vision is alright but I’m thinking it is the way that I am wired, maybe the way that guys are wired, or just a general deficiency. Something can be staring me right in the face and I don’t see it. I’ve always had this problem.

My wife put a Christmas wreath on our front door three or four days ago. I saw it was there, never said anything about it because she usually does put a Christmas wreath on our door and life goes on. Then yesterday she asked me if I saw the Christmas wreath on the door and I said yes. She took me to look at it and again I said yes, I had seen it. Right there, if your grey cells are working, you know you have a problem but not me. She said, “I changed it”. She was right, it wasn’t the one I originally saw, it was different. I never noticed. I seem to miss the small things, most times they go right by me. And of course, it is the small things that matters to those who do things for you. Small things that they do for you that they want you to notice. And like so many things in life, that is not the real issue that is staring you in the face, it is the person behind the small things that needs to be noticed. 

I have a tendency to be focused on what I am personally involved in, things that I feel that I am personally responsible for, which is all well and good but there’s more to living this life we have been given than focusing on what interests me. When I do notice something that has been done for me I always thank the person for doing it, be it my wife or one of our sons or daughters or whoever. But the key word there is “when I do notice”.  So often, it’s those little things that go unnoticed that can cause hurt or resentment or do not reinforce the love that we honestly have for them.

I’ve been working the last couple of days and when the opportunity presents itself I’ve been reading through Philippians and Colossians. Both of these letters written by the Apostle Paul often speak about what we have been given and how we are to relate to others, both within and outside of the Church. You’ll see a good number of verses where the motivating factor is love and in my prayers I’ve been asking God to open my eyes and understanding more so that I may comprehend how the time that we have been given can be lived so that it is pleasing to God, so that it accomplishes His purposes and His will. One statement I made in prayer that I repeated was “live in me so that I may live in You”.

God asks us to look at those who are within our own family, especially our wives or husbands or children and consider what it is that we are doing to build them up or how to reinforce the love that we have for them. To consider how we show them that we truly care, that we truly do listen to them, that we value them. I do try but obviously not enough. Lynn Abbott from https://throughinkandimage.com recently posted an article where she expanded upon the Samaritan women at the well that Jesus spoke to in John 4 and it reminded me of the intimate personal contact that Jesus had with this woman and the beautiful manner in which he dealt with her. Jesus took the time to notice her, to speak with her, and in my particular case, I don’t do that nearly as often as I ought to.

I’ve often wondered that after Jesus ascended into Heaven, if the Apostles missed seeing Jesus. I’m sure they did, they couldn’t reach out and touch Him anymore, they couldn’t hear His voice like they did before, they couldn’t directly ask questions and receive responses anymore. I’m sure they missed that personal contact. I know if I was in their place, I would have. And the thing is, I miss not seeing Him, speaking with Him, worshiping Him now, directly, face to face, as I am sure we all do.

Yet, as we read through Philippians and Colossians there are also many verses that clearly articulate how Jesus is God the Father’s answer to literally everything that our Father wanted to accomplish and in order to do that, to extend our Father’s love to all who believe in His Son, it was necessary for Jesus to leave us so that God’s Holy Spirit could be given to each one of us, to dwell within us and to draw us closer to Him.

Acts 1:1-5 NIV “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

That’s the “living in me that I may live in You” that I am talking about. That’s the Spirit of Jesus living in us, now, while we are here, until we see Him face to face. That’s the Spirit of God reaching out, from us,  to all, both within our families and without, like Jesus did to the Samaritan woman at the well. Take the time to refresh yourself daily with the streams of living water and take the time to let the streams of living water within you touch those around you.

My Prayer

Father, It grieves me that I have eyes yet I do not always see. It grieves me that I have ears but I do not always hear. Lord forgive me for my blindness and forgive me for my deafness. Help me make right where I have wronged, help me restore what I have neglected. I praise you for your love, I praise you for your mercy and I praise you for your grace. Without you I can do nothing, live in me so that I may live in you. I ask this Father, in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 6 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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One comment on “While We Are Here
  1. Oh, Bruce. Words escape me. I think we all get tunnel vision, and fail to encourage those around us as we should. And I am so guilty of this… it is so easy to take those we love for granted. What a beautiful prayer! I am praying it as well. Thank you! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for referring back to my post in this wonderful piece of writing here. I am both honored and challenged. God bless you big time, my friend! Oh, and also, I bet the wreath is lovely. 🙂

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