It’s funny but one of my favorite questions often asked at our Following gatherings is, “Where did you see Jesus this past week? Or… What was your Jesus sighting” This is what is affectionately known as the cricket question – at least in my mind. You know that uncomfortable silence in which you are able to hear the crickets chip at a deafening level? I love and live for those moments! Uncomfortable silence is good – because it makes me think. In fact, here is what I am learning; if we believe Jesus when he promises to never leave us then as we live our lives we can expect that he will show up – we will catch sight of him or we will experience his presence. Sometimes we just miss him because we’re to hurried or flustered to notice or because he shows up unannounced, in quietness, meek, humble, gentle you know just like he did the night he showed up on earth as a baby in a manger.
Believe it or not I am often content to sit quietly when the cricket question is asked. In part because it is really fun to watch Timmons stand there in that uncomfortable silence as he waits for us to answer and in part because when other people begin to share their Jesus sightings it’s really cool to hear. That beautiful cricket question, while perplexing and yet simple, is a sacred time that causes us to think, “where did I see Jesus this week in the 10,080 minutes that make up my week?” And frankly after being asked enough I finally got smart and started to be more intentional, not only about looking for Jesus in my minutes, but asking my children where they saw Jesus in their 10,080 minutes
So today after hanging out with our friends at a little gathering we call the Carport Congregation I asked my son Austin where he saw Jesus this week. His answer blew me away… he saw Jesus in the smile and heart to heart conversation he had with his new friend Moses – a little boy not much younger than my son. Just a chance to share and offer encouragement through some fears he was coping with after a rough week in a dangerous place. Austin encountered Jesus not in a church where many go to worship him but in a hotel carport where he was able to experience him. Austin and Moses were doing life with Jesus.
I saw Jesus this week too; at a Home Town buffet in Santa Ana, in a Mobil Dog Vets act of service, in a building manager who gave me a key to a bigger office just because she wanted to bless me, in the gifts and talents of men God has placed alongside my ministry to do things we could never afford, in the story of one more person hurt and rejected looking for a new place to worship, in Doug showing up on the sidelines of football practice just to hangout, in the hands of women helping other women with nothing find clothing, in the strong arms of my husband and sons who moved my office all by themselves out of love, in the generosity of a friend who takes care of our lawn just because, and in the words of encouragement from a little young man named Moses who hugged and comforted crybaby me as my oldest Dillon left early for his first ever high school camp simply saying, “I love your sons they are great and he will be fine – he’s so cool.” Priceless Jesus moments perhaps too many more too even count in my 10,080 minutes. I’m realizing that even when I am unaware Jesus is hanging with me – he is hanging out… working things out, loving me, being there.
Oh my friends, Jesus is far more than someone we go to worship… he is absolutely due all praise, glory, and honor but he is someone we can experience right here, right now, every day… if we will slow down, and simply look. Cause he wants to be with you.
So let me ask you the cricket question… fellow Followers –
Where did you see Jesus this past week?