Others see Jesus in apples :-).
Last week my three year old was eating an apple. As he was munching through his apple, he took it away from his mouth and was examining it. All of a sudden his stare got really intense, next thing I know he slowly brings the apple up to his mouth and in that same manner he took a careful and deliberate bite. He lower the apple away from his face, took a look at it again and with all the conviction he had proclaimed "Look Mom, it is Jesus!"
Did I see Jesus? Nope. Was I going to admit that to him? Nope. I simply said "Wow how amazing it is to see Jesus in your apple." There shall be another blog post one day about our next conversation - was it ok to eat Jesus. Going back to his apple, he was so happy to see Jesus in. I was a little disappointed that I didn't or couldn't see Jesus in his apple, I really wanted to. But it made me think about the realities of seeing and allowing for Jesus to be in our lives and seen at anytime. We are so busy that we often fail to see the Jesus right in front of us. Had he not been taking his time eating that apple and looking at it, he would have never see Jesus. Today we do everything fast - eat fast, drink fast, move quicker and multitask just to get "it all done." In doing so, we often fail to live in the moments and miss much around us.
How often as a passenger do you arrive at a destination and have no idea how the car got there? How often do you spend time on FB and yet miss the true hardships of your friends lives? How often do we sit at a meal with friends and family and enjoy simple conversation?
Let's see if we cannot be challenged to open ourselves up to the world around us so that we see Jesus in all we do. Jesus told us to come to him as little children - not because children know nothing but because children are open to the amazing Spirit around them. For even in the busy of life, children can stop and enjoy simple pleasures. If you have ever hiked with a kid, you will see this first hand. They recognize and stop for small things and big. Let the kid in us all come out and explore our relationship with God. Stopping to see, living without the burden of responsibility controlling all our moments so that we may live into the moments God has for us and experience the divine who works in them all.