Unexpected Places

Where do you expect to see God today?

Since it’s not Sunday, maybe you don’t expect to see Him at all today.  Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that we only see Him on Sunday.

That we only see Him in church.

That we only hear Him through the words a preacher says.

That, my friends, is not so. We can see God, we can experience God in many different ways.

In our lives, we can find God in some very unexpected places.

Listen to what Jesus says today in Mark 9:

Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”

Before this scene, the disciples had been arguing over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus tells them that the one that serves would be the greatest.

And then, He picks up a child and says that to welcome a little child is to welcome God.

Now, in our day, we nod our heads and smile and say, sure, that sounds lovely. But, in Jesus’ day, that was not so. Children were not seen as much worth much until they grew into adulthood. Then, they may have a little value.

But, children, in that day?  No value.

And Jesus says, there, there in that small child, you have the chance to welcome God.

In an unexpected place.

Today, where do you expect to find God?  If you will open your eyes, open your heart, you will find Him in places you do not expect.

He is there.  Waiting.  Waiting for you to encounter Him. Waiting on you to love Him.  Serve Him. Worship Him.

In unexpected places.

Today, in all we do, we may we find God in those places. And may we be drawn closer to Him in all that we do.

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