I heard a story on the radio today about a baseball fan who didn’t notice his favorite player taking a photo of him. I’m sure he wasn’t expecting to see him. So when his favorite player showed up close to him, that may be why he didn’t notice him.
But the player, Roy Halladay, didn’t leave it at that. He crept up behind the guy, took a photo with him, and tweeted it, saying: “Oops! You missed me!”
Some people didn’t think it was funny. I think it’s hilarious. But it made me think about passing celebrities on the street. I mean, how many times do we walk right by someone who’s famous just because they don’t look the way we think they should look?
Today’s verse is Acts 17:27.
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
You hear about people searching for God all the time, but what if they’re just not expecting to find Him? I think that’s what happened to this poor young fan. He wasn’t expecting to see his favorite player. But can you search for God without expecting to find Him?
Sure you can. We do it all the time when we say we want to follow Him and then give up when the going gets tough or when life doesn’t work out the way we want to. That’s because we’re expecting God to show up on our terms, and God doesn’t work that way.
Do you really want God on your terms? Because God on your terms can only handle the problems and issues you can think of. I’d much rather have God on His terms, knowing that He can take care of all the stuff in my life before I even know what’s coming.
And the irony of it is that God isn’t hard to find. He’s not hidden. He’s not hiding. And He isn’t going to sneak up behind you and tweet a picture without telling you. He wants you to find Him.
So don’t go through life not expecting to find Him. He’s everywhere, and He has gone out of His way to make sure you know about it. The next time you see a sunrise, that’s Him talking to you. The next time you feel the wind blow or smell a flower or listen to music, that’s His handiwork. Evidence of God’s love and majesty and awesomeness is everywhere, but if we aren’t looking for it, we’ll walk right past it.
Make the choice not to live that way. Be purposeful in your day. Be intentional in your choices and in your reactions.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see God in the simple things. He’s not far away. He’s waiting for you.