Do You Know Me? 

Seen In the Everyday, Small, Ordinary Places

John 1: 43-48

Dearest Reader,

I hope you are still following along. Mornings in the Word is my life. My lifeline, my survival guide. To borrow words from Bethel’s song Great Are You, Lord, “It’s Your breath in our lungs.”

The past few days have been punishing, the wilderness closing in, P.O.T.S. rearing its ugly head. By evening, I was bent, folded in pain, barely making it to the bed. Collapsing, surrounded by thick brain fog, my bedtime routine a smokey haze. In the midst of it, I misplaced my favorite pair of earrings, my “signature” earrings.

Stumbling to my desk this morning, I could not recollect where I had laid the earrings. It is a small, ordinary, unimportant detail in the big picture of life. Random mass shootings, floods, hurricanes, cancer, devastation, and loss of life. Here I was distracted by earrings. Yes, earrings, of all things.

My morning dialogue with the Lord interrupted by this inconsequential thing circling my mind.

“I cry aloud to the Lord; I plead for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; I reveal my trouble to him. Although my spirit is weak within me, you know my way.” Psalm 142:1-3a (CSB) 

I have spent hours, years, praying over weighty circumstances, but this morning, those silly earrings became a roadblock. Throwing my hands up in the air, disappointed and frustrated, “Lord, I want to find my earrings.”  

Can you relate? We get tangled up in the small things, one small thing, stacks upon another, until we cry out, “Lord, do you even see me?”

In the Gospel of John, chapter one, there was a man called Nathanael relaxing under a fig tree. His buddy, Philip, comes along and tells him they have found Jesus. Let’s take a look at what happened.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

“The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, ‘Follow me.'” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaneal and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’

‘Come and see,’ Philip answered.

Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, ‘Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.’

‘How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked.

‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,’ Jesus answered.”  (emphasis mine)

John 1:43-48 (CSB)

“I saw you,” Jesus said, “when you were under the fig tree.” Sweet Friends, those words bring me to my knees! Does it affect you as much as me?

Before moving forward, I want you to know I found my earrings tucked beneath the quilt.

Here’s the thing. He sees me. He sees you. In the everyday small and ordinary things. We long for the lit-up billboard that shows us we are seen. The accolades, the pat on the back, our platforms, our agendas. The weighty unanswered prayers. We have to know this, believe this, cling to faith in the unseen. Cling to faith in unanswered prayers. And we celebrate the small, everyday, ordinary things.

Dear Reader, you are seen! In a place filled with all manner of ugliness, can we celebrate that today?

“Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up: you understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me. This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.”

Psalm 139:1-6 (CSB)

You. Are. Known. You. Are. Seen.

Thank you, Jesus!

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