Seeing God

It was Philip who said to Jesus: “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” He was looking for visual and tangible evidence to back up Jesus’ words.


Philip’s words are also mine: If only I could see God directly – even just for a moment – to validate my faith and hope and expectations.

Jesus’ reply to Philip’s request and my request is straight to the point: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” In other words, if I want to catch a glimpse of God, look at Jesus. And, as it turns out, He’s actually pretty easy to find. But He’s also easy to ignore…

He might be standing by Himself,
waiting for me to notice Him.

He might young; He might be old;
He might be a man, woman, or child.

His voice may echo in a friend’s words of encouragement.
His face may reflect in the kindness of a complete stranger.

He might be among the poor with their outstretched hands.
He might be moving in the heart of a wealthy entrepreneur.

He’ll be shining bright in the sunrise I quietly soak up alone.
He’ll be present where two or more are gathered in His name.

He heals a broken body.
He brings peace in a moment of pain.

He prompts me to taste His goodness in the Communion bread.
He invites me to remember His call in the waters of baptism.

He is speaking through the words of the Bible.
He is whispering to my heart an answer to my prayer.

…It might just be a smile, a nod, a hug, a word, a gesture, a moment. Something big or – perhaps more likely – something small. Something easy to ignore and entirely miss.

I wonder… As an imagebearer of our Father filled with His Holy Spirit, do people who are watching catch a glimpse or hear an echo of Jesus in me?

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