May I Help You?
My husband has an incredible facial recognition center in his brain. This man can see someone on the television and say, “Oh yeah, he was in that commercial a couple years ago.” Are you kidding me?! I am continually amazed at this untapped gift that politicians would pay to have. (Too bad we can’t translate that into some lucrative arrangement…)
So the story of when our firstborn was attending the college where her father works is still a fun one. Bean (an affectionate nickname) walked into her dad’s office to visit with him and caught him in the middle of whatever project he was engaged in at the time. Now, although Bob is excellent with facial recognition, his ability to multi-task leaves much to be desired.
Looking her in the face, Bob said something like, “May I help you?” and while his daughter stared back at him in disbelief, he finally recognized her—by her signature Converse tennis shoes!
The point is, he wasn’t expecting her right then, and he was distracted by other work. And thus, you may know where this is going…
“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.”*
Would You Recognize Him?
I can still get a good giggle out of how the man with expert recognition qualities didn’t “see” his own daughter. But the fact that the world did “see” its own Creator in Jesus is on a bit of a different plane entirely. Even though He took on their own form to walk among them. Even though He understood their every fear and pain, and came to take those upon Himself.
They were, in fact:
- Expecting something else,
- Wanting something else,
- Busy with something else.
Today, the world continues to do the same thing. Unfortunately, even as a Christian, I can still allow my “something else” to prevent me from recognizing the Love of God standing right in front of me.
And watch out, He may be wearing some Chuckie-T’s!
*John 1:10 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.