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God Likes Show and Tell

It’s that day again where people dress up and say “trick or treat” so I figure this fits fairly nicely.

Maybe you’ve seen this meme before: when you see it. The whole idea is that they look like pretty standard photos of different subjects or locations but hidden inside is something completely unexpected (the trick and the treat, so to speak).

Some are funny, some are scary, and others are decidedly crude; but it’s the same idea for every one: see if you can find what’s hidden.

O Eternal One, show us Your unfailing love;
    give us what we truly need: Your salvation. –Psalm 85:7 (VOICE)

Hidden in our everyday interactions and settings is something unexpected. Just like the meme, it all appears standard and maybe even boring, but keep looking and you’ll discover something glorious. It make take you an extra second or two, but with minimal effort, it will change how you see your world.

You are meant to see and experience His unfailing love, His glory, His kingdom–not only in a Sunday morning gathering or a mission trip to South America or Christian conference. He desires to show up all around you in the simple things of life, maybe even some of the activities you hate or dread.

What if we began to pray when we were bored or frustrated, “Show me your love here, Lord.” What if we didn’t just “grin and bear it” and move on?

God wants to turn the plain into the extraordinary by revealing Himself to you. When you stop to look, you realize He’s been there all along hiding in plain sight.

What I love about these pictures as well is that once you see what’s hidden, you can’t “unsee” it. You’re drawn to it immediately. It’s unavoidable. Imagine if you lived your life like this!

Brushing your teeth, driving to work, picking up the kids from school, buying groceries… We are surrounded by His presence and goodness but we mostly live unaware; but when you see it–His salvation, His love, His mercy–everything changes.

That’s a life of searching and seeking.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

–Luke 11:9-10

If you’re consistently and persistently looking for His salvation, you will see it. God loves to do show and tell with you. Though He wants you to see it, He won’t force you.

You have to know that whatever metaphorical picture is in front of you, you have an opportunity. Will you focus on the mundane or frustrating (those things that are temporary) or focus on what your natural eyes can’t see (that which is eternal) (2 Corinthians 4:18)?

How about you? What are your thoughts? Do you take time to see and seek God in the everyday or are you more prone to rush on by?

6 Comments

  1. The subtitle for my blog is “Seeking the Miraculous in the Mundane.” God has revealed so much of His glory to me in the smallest of things and even basic, daily routines. Oh, how blessed this makes me feel!
    Blessings always, Jason!

    • Yes! That’s so good! We are blessed people--He loves and reveals Himself to us if we’ll look and pay attention. Thanks so much, Martha.

  2. That’s the key to a prosperous which is a peaceful life. It’s all about how we choose to see it, if we’re willing to first of all, then once we can see it, to seek it, which is Him.

    Excellent thoughts and analogy, Jason.

    • In all things, we truly have the choice. The enemy whispers in our ears, our experiences try to influence, but His grace is there to help us see correctly if we’ll choose it. Good stuff, Floyd! Thank you.

  3. Thanks Jason, great message! Also, I have started a blog. Do you have any tips for beginning bloggers?

    • Hey Jaylynn! Thanks and yeah I could give you some tips. Shoot me an email and I’ll write you back with some things that have helped me. 🙂

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