When our children were much smaller, they enjoyed reading I Spy books with us. You know, the colorful pictures with accompanying riddles where one may spend an inordinate amount of time looking for three green plastic army men but only coming up with two…right before bedtime? As my eyes would glaze over and begin to close, one of the kids would shake the bed and startle me and the search would begin again until every last item had been found and we could call it a night. While I would much have preferred to read Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks or a chapter of Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White at bedtime, I would not trade those memories for the world nor the lessons this tired parent gleaned in the process.
I Spy forced us to look a little deeper. Things are not always as they appear. Not everything is right out on the surface. Sometimes a second or even third search is necessary, and often teamwork is involved. Couldn’t the same be true of our daily encounters with one another in this crazy thing called life? If I am going to truly see you as the beloved child of God who you are, it’s going to take a little effort on my part. I must begin to wonder what you find important, what is sacred to you rather than using my own parameters.
With each thrift store customer, Jane Knuth discovers the sacred amidst the ordinary. Isn’t that how God moments are? I pray that you and I will encounter the person of Jesus today through our interactions with friends as well as strangers. Let’s look a little deeper, listen a little closer, and love a little bit more, friends.