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I couldn’t believe it. It was her! I had whispered a prayer a time or two and told God how I’d love to talk to her, but to be honest it felt like a long shot. When all of a sudden, there she stood, right in front of me at a writer’s conference.
From what I knew about her she had followed God’s call to write and speak, but also homeschooled a large family. Since I felt like a juggler – who drops all her pins on most days – I thought for sure this gal had insight that could help me. I wanted to pick her brain.
I seized my opportunity and we chatted for a time. I asked all my questions and she graciously engaged me. As our conversation closed an accomplished author, speaker and ministry leader approached us. My new friend told me she needed to speak to this woman. I said, “Of course!” and went on my way to grab a seat before the next session.
I walked up and down the aisle searching for a seat. As I scanned the room for an empty chair I noticed the woman I’d been talking to scanning the room, too. I could tell she was looking for someone. Her eyes showed intensity. She walked aisle by aisle wholeheartedly searching for someone.
Then the crazy thought crossed my mind, Could she be looking for me?
I’m just another face in the crowd.
When I dared to think this woman looked for me, I picked up my pace. If she searched for me, I wanted to be found! Seat or no seat, conference or no conference, this jumped to the top of my list of priorities.
As I neared her, she locked eyes with me and made a bee-line my way. She was, in fact, looking for me. She wanted to finish our conversation.
There’s no way my words meant that much to her. But her gracious Spirit refused to let me feel second-rate. She went on a hunt to find me.
Jesus came looking, too.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (ESV)
In John chapter 1, we find Jesus in His rightful place of honor and glory with God in Heaven. But the deeper we read into this chapter, the more absurd and unexplainable this story becomes. Because Jesus chose to leave. Leave everything. Leave Heaven, His Father, the chorus of angels, the beauty and glory of a place untainted by sin. The brilliance of His own glory …
Jesus emptied Himself of it all, because of you and me.
He set aside His exalted place to seek and to save you and me. King of kings. All creation shouts His praise, and yet, He came looking for us.
As we pause this week to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, let’s also pause to consider, do I notice Jesus’ pursuit of me? Or does something else distract me from His eyes?
He wants to talk to you! And I pray that as we seek and spend time with Jesus our awe of His love ignites your Spirit and compels us to speak of Him to someone else.
I know you’re wondering who the woman is, but to be honest, I don’t think she’d want me to tell you. Because I bet she just wants to be like Jesus and wants others to be like Him, too. Which explains why her actions looked so much like Jesus, and why I’m telling you about it now. Her life told His story.
Lord Jesus, I pray my life will tell Your story, too.
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