Friday, January 16, 2015
How did you get to where you are today?
…Where you are on the globe?
…Where you are in your life?
…Where you are in your faith?
We’ve gotten used to telling our story in terms of major turning points and significant characters. But between those bigger things, are a whole series of small invitations and gentle nudges and incremental opportunities---encounters that we often tend to overlook as we look back, encounters that may actually prove to be very significant.
It’s funny what we overlook when telling our story.
When Philip finds Nathanael he says to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph of Nazareth.”
But if anyone has been paying attention at all,
it was actually Jesus who did the finding,
and Philip who was found.
And while Philip finds Nathanael and invites him to “come and see,” they don’t even get half way to Jesus before we find out, Jesus already knows Nathanael. Nathanael had been found, long before he made his first step toward Jesus. Long before even Philip even came looking for him.
From the beginning of the Gospel of John we learn that all things came into being through the Word, through Jesus.
So it should not surprise us to find out, that even though the world may not know him, he knows us. And that he has already found us, many times over, and continues to be finding us through the most ordinary or people and seemingly insignificant moments.
For each moment where we think we’ve found Jesus, or led another to Jesus, closer inspection will reveal a series of moments and messengers who have been guiding us right to that place.