Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Through God’s providence, Jesus and I met in my heart when I was a boy. Afterward, I saw him everywhere.
Outside the liquor store waiting in the backseat of the car, the Holy Spirit pointed to the faces of the people coming in and out and I saw their private burdens. Sitting in the booth at the “Venetian Palace”, the Holy Spirit caught me watching the waitress in a moment where she thought nobody was looking and I knew she was hurting over the photos of her kids on her clipboard. The Holy Spirit showed me Mr Y’s face when he finally hit the 4 spot and to feel like a man of means blew all the money on a barbecue, his wife scowling in the living room.
These are the things the Holy Spirit showed me: the garbage man who waved to me in the window, the exasperations of adults over unpaid bills, the look in Mr. X’s face when we popped M30 firecrackers in the street and neighbors rubbing his back to convince him he wasn’t in Khe Sanh…the wandering eye of Mrs. so and so towards Mr. so and so when I walked home from school early that day…
In all of these things, the Lord told me his message, one that I’m supposed to convey: He said I LOVE and forgive these people and yes, all people are meant to be mine. He said he knows all our tricks and how naive we are – how simple we really are in our wants and desires despite our facades.
Underneath is our fragility and yes our fallenness, but that fallenness is actually the place where Jesus goes every single time. He transformed me to see and in seeing I knew that we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness. Over and over again I felt the love of God: “It’s ok It’s ok. I was tempted in every way! Come here. It’s ok. Come near…be near…I formed you in the womb and to me you will return….”
Daily Battle Order: Become a people watcher and turn on your internal soul-driven communication device. See what God shows you.