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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just Passing Through

Today I read a scripture about Zaccheus... "the wee little man, and a wee little man was he." Ever since I was a little girl we sang the song and read the story of the little man who climbed a sycamore tree just to see Jesus passing through his town of Jerico. Some of my friends and I are doing a Beth Moore study and she made a few comments in the study that I really needed to hear.

One of them was that Zaccheus made an effort to see Jesus. Sometimes... though I am in church and read my Bible it seems that I can't see Jesus! I really NEED to see Him and know that He's here, but I wonder if I make the effort to really see Him? This little man didn't care who saw him... he was climbin' that tree to see Jesus. He made every effort to see Him and sometimes I think I get my eyes on my circumstances and off of the effort that I need to make to see Jesus even in the little things.

I think I can learn a lesson from ol' Zaccheus.

Another thing that Beth (like she's my long time friend or something) pointed out was that Jesus just called Zaccheus by name. It says, "When Jesus reached the spot, Jesus looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, " (Luke 19:5).

There was no formal introduction. Jesus didn't have to look around for Zaccheus. He knew exactly where he was and He knew his name. No confusion. No wondering on Jesus' part about this man in the tree. He knew.

Jesus knew about Zaccheus and He knows about me. He knows that I am a sinner and He knows that I am far, far from perfect, but He still calls my name.

Zaccheus was a tax collector and had done many wrongs to many people, but Jesus still wanted to spend time with him. He wanted to go to his house and dine with him!!

Maybe you are struggling with something today. I am. I needed to hear that in spite of my struggles.... in spite of the fact that I feel that He doesn't see me and my situation... that He is still passing by and He sees me... even if I am up a tree with frustration... and He knows my name, and He knows yours too.

Lord, I praise you that you know me and my frustrations. Thank you for the reminder that You see me and know my heart. Please touch my friends that read this and encourage them that you are with them too! We ask you to work Lord and we are praying with expectant hearts!

4 comments:

amyb said...

I can actually glean more from the Action Bible songs our children listen to than I do from most of the songs on Christian radio today.

Anyhoo, I'm now going to be singing that song in my head all day.

Thanks...

Faith said...

The "passing by" brings another thing to mind from the Stepping Up study we did....we're not stuck here, we're just passing through. This isn't going to last forever, praise the Lord!

Love you my friend and praying for you today !

Amy E. said...

Funny, b/c this same thing has been my focus lately too. I've started listening to my Casting Crowns CD again, and there's this song on there called "I Know You're There," and it's one of my faves. Its chorus goes, "I know You're there, I know You see me, You're the air I breathe, You are the ground beneath me." And that just made me really think that He REALLY, literally, is there all the time. He made it all, and He's in it all....thank goodness. Praying for you, my friend.

MiMi said...

Great post, Melissa. I am so thankful that we are just passing through!