Tuesday, April 4, 2017

When It's Right Under Your Nose

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

A bonus of being the pastor of a church with a preschool is the daily opportunity to see children exploring their world and making new discoveries. A few years ago as I was leaving a Bible study I watched a group of three-year-olds hunting for Easter Eggs in the church garden. I found it equal parts amusing and frustrating as they wandered back and forth, repeatedly passing by the very thing they were looking for. It was a target rich environment with eggs strewn all around. I was cheering them on from inside the building though they could not hear me, “Look down. A little to the left. Why can’t they see what I see?” All in due time they got there.

I feel as a parent at times I’ve been like those little ones. I’ve been looking for something  that was right under my nose, but I didn’t see it. I think I was so busy being concerned about catching up “delays” that I failed to see that all was well at the pace that God decided. We got there in due time. Mind you, not to the destination I saw in my mind’s eye, but to the destination God saw for our family. 

Slowing down and letting go was an important part of the journey to acceptance. Søren Kierkegaard said, “The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you will never have.” Is there a genuine loss in a future you will never have? Yes, of course. But there is also tremendous blessing in a different future, one that is newly revealed. I wonder how many times I sat with my son in my lap as I worried over the challenge/behavior/difficulty du jour while God called to me though I did not hear, “Look down. A little to the left. Someday you will see what I see.” 

Guiding God, thank you for leading where we do not see and revealing blessing we never imagined. Amen

~ Rev Doc Lorna Bradley

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