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?