The theme for this Sunday is all about finding God in unexpected places and ways. Have you ever noticed that throughout the Bible God has a surprising way of showing up where you least expect God to show up? We see this most clearly demonstrated in the birth, life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. Who would have ever expected God to come to this earth as a Jewish carpenter born in Bethlehem? Or for that matter, who would ever have expected God to be nailed to the cross as a common criminal? Talk about encountering God in unexpected places and ways!
God has not stopped doing this. God continues to come into our lives today in unexpected places and unexpected ways. This is one reason why, throughout the Gospels, Jesus calls us to stay awake, to be alert, to be attentive. In a nutshell, Jesus always wants us to be ready for God to show up in our lives when we least expect God to do so. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Mathew 24: 42)
But what does this mean for us in practice? At least three things: First of all, it is vital that we stop drifting through life in a sleepy doziness and wake up. God is always present and active in and around our lives. We need to wake up to this Biblical reality. One writer suggested that real gospel spirituality is all about waking up. Secondly, we need to learn to recognise Christ when he comes knocking on the doors of our lives. Learning to use our ‘spiritual eyes’ is an exciting adventure of faith for each one of us. Lastly, we must respond to whatever God is doing in and around our lives. There is always a reason for Christ to come to us. Sometimes he comes to comfort, sometimes to challenge, sometimes to call. Let us recognise him and respond to him.…Continue