God On Your Alley

December 02, 2008

“…Blessed are the eyes that see what you see…” (Luke 10:23)

I couldn’t believe what I just saw. My friend stood beside two famous celebrities and he didn’t even notice they were there. Not that he didn’t care about celebrities. He did. It’s just that he was too busy looking at the displays on the shelf inside that shop that he missed out on what could’ve been an encounter of a lifetime.

What happened to him also happened to many of them in Israel when God first came.

Consider the innkeepers on the first Christmas night. They who turned the child Jesus away because the inn was full. Oh if only they knew who was at their doorstep. If only they knew who was seeking to sleep on their cots and under their roof. Missed opportunity. They didn’t know that God was on their alley.

Or what about the owner of the stable where the Savior of the world was born. Have you ever thought where he might have been that night? Had he known that the creator of the universe was being born inside his property, would he have scampered to at least have a glimpse of the face that not even Moses could see?

And what about the rest of Israel? For thirty-three years, many did not recognize that the God who parted the Red Seas for them was actually walking on their streets. That’s why Jesus said:

“…Blessed are the eyes that see what you see…” (Luke 10:23)

Unfortunately, nothing much has changed today. Many people still fail to recognize the real and tangible presence of God in their lives. Sometimes, we still act as if he is far and distant. Why can’t we see him in the glory of an Olympian who crosses that finish line? Or in the promotion given to you by your boss? Or in that food on your table? God is everywhere. All we need to do is open our eyes to see.

This advent season, I invite you to open, not just your gifts, but your eyes. See God walking beside you. To rescue your from your fears. To redeem you from your failures. And to restore your from your faults. God is with us. In the great and not so great moments of our lives, He is there.

It’s God right on your doorstep. It’s the creator of the universe walking on your alley.

A blessed advent season to you!

In Christ,

Bobby Q.

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