Thursday, January 10, 2013

fill in the blank

     When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
     “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” (John 1:47-48)


If these verses were written about you, how would you fill in the blanks?

When Jesus saw     (Your name)      approaching, he said of him (or her), "                                                                                                           ."
     "How do you know me?"     (Your Name)      asked.
Jesus answered, "I saw you_____________________________."

I spent a little time trying to do that this morning, and to tell you the truth I had a hard time getting past the negative--wading through the things I fear to be most true about myself--to actually be able to see the face of Jesus, the look in his eyes as I approach, and hear the words of tenderness, affection, and truth that He come from His lips.  The voices of my own insecurities and fears are really loud, and tend to make hearing God's voice almost impossible at times.  It takes a good bit of time, space, and silence to finally get those loud voices to subside, and begin to hear the gentle whisper of the Savior.  Try it yourself, maybe you will have an easier time than I did.

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