This is for the spiritually aware and those who consider life having more meaning than the daily struggle for bread and butter matters. Let me share something that struck me greatly today, and for which I have been in deep meditation for some time now. I have often wondered when in my walk with God I am going to have a face to face encounter, or a divine visitation as some may put it. I secretly long for the time when I will be awakened at night by a tap and bright lights fill my room, and a huge figure standing at the corner smiling at me and saying (with a scary deep voice) “Hey Reg! I want to talk with you”. It can happen. It hasn’t happened yet, but I am still waiting.
I was in Church on the Christmas morning of 1998 and the Pastor in church read from John 12:26, which read “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” The Pastor titled his message “Where is He?” It remained one of the most impactful messages in my life. I prayed a very sincere prayer that day in church and remained very conscious of God as the day progressed. What followed was drama for the remaining part of the day.
I went to visit a family later that afternoon and spent about 3 hours with them. I suddenly started feeling uneasy and wanted to leave but stayed on. Then I suddenly heard a soft voice in my heart saying “I have left you here.” At that instance I stood up to leave, and walked to the major road to catch a bus. But while standing there and meditating on what just happened, wondering why I was feeling that uneasy and why the bus was delaying, I heard the same inner voice say “I am down the road.” So I started out down the road and got to a major T-Junction and said to myself “now what?” I heard nothing and decided to dispose of some waste. Then I heard audibly a soft spoken voice right behind me say “Excuse me sir, please can you help me?” And that is how I met Alex, a homeless young man who slept in a shack on the beach. The rest is now history, but the lesson remains for a life time and was reignited this morning when I took a look at Matthew 25: 31-46.
That encounter changed my perspective for the rest of my life on what really matters to God and where He may be found by those in search of Him. So let me take a little space in time to show you where and how you will find God and hope that you will run quickly there to find Him and have the greatest satisfaction you will ever get while an earthly sojourner.
- God is the hungry person begging to your face. You really think every hungry person you see begging for alms
is just one lazy fella lost in time and lacking in diligence? Think again.
- God is the thirsty man asking you for water. Not everyone who crouches up to you crowding your space and asking for what is a mere man, neither is the one who you see has been beat by the scorching sun and clearly parched.
- God is the stranger you meet who says hello and you suddenly imagine an armed and dangerous person. He is that stranger you meet who looks lost and confused and needing a place to rest. He is the homeless man on the street you see so often that you get offended.
- God is the person you see without clothes on his back. He is the one walking by you with tattered wears and xyz-ed shoes. He is the one who you see wearing the same clothes day in day out and having no choice for a change in clothing.
- God is the sick person you know of, suffering from an ailment or ravaging disease. He is the person you see disabled and unable to function in the most basic of tasks. He is the one suffering from a natural defect that has made life an unpleasant experience.
- God is in the prison house, separated from the society and kept in bounds. He is without family and care and left the cold hands of a callous living.
Are you looking for God, and do you want to find Him? Check Him out at these places or in these situations, for these are the places and circumstances through which you will find Him for a truth. You know, I used to go to church thinking I will find Him there. It’s been a very long time now and I still haven’t seen Him yet in church. Yes I feel Him there, but He is not working there. He says “… and where I am, my servant also will be”, indicating that those who are His servants will always be where He is. The reward is that they will be honoured. Matthew 25: 31-46 shows us where God’s heart is, and of course where His treasure lies. Notice carefully who he calls the Sheep and who He refers to as Goats. That will tell you so much about what really matters to Him and where He spends most of His time.
So while we may spend so much time chasing after God in different ways, let’s not forget that He has already told us where He is. We can spend the rest of our lives inside the four walls of a church, fast the remaining days of our lives, sing and dance till we have no more strength, and sacrifice everything possible in tithes and offerings, we still will miss His location. Trust me, every time I seek Him, I find Him in the most interesting places. I find Him when I eat a meal with a new friend, when I share my little with someone in need, when I cry with someone who is in pain, when I lay my hands on the sick during a visit, or when I open my doors to someone with no place to lay their heads. I don’t know about you. But now that I know where He is, I kind of want more of Him. Don’t you?