Every now and again I meet someone who says something to me, about me, that captures my attention. My spirit recognizes his or her identity immediately, yet oftentimes my head is puzzled. What an interesting experience. Has this ever happened to you?
YOU LOOK FAMILIAR……
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” He then asked, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” —John 1:47-51
I am taking these divine encounters more seriously nowadays. In years prior, they were simply light and fun because they came with an instant sense of comfort. Trust was automatic. I knew the person saw ME and I, in turn, recognized the person as Family. As I grew in faith, I began to understand that which bonded us was greater than coincidence. I realized that these meetings were significant. What was light and fun began to feel heavy and now meaningful. Everything works together….
“With age comes wisdom,” they say. Now, I am more conscious of how rare these meetings occur. Now, I am very sensitive about understanding the purpose of our encounters—acknowledging that everything is spiritual. Truth is, the more I grow in my faith, the more I desire to connect with the people God wants me to connect with. We shall see greater! We will do greater…together…because we believe! Yes, I have grown to cherish these experiences, these relationships, these people………. these whom I’ve met before.