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Listen while you read: "God Leads Us Along"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 66:5 – Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! (NIV 2011)
Psalm 34:8a – Taste and see that the Lord is good. (NIV 2011)
"Come and see! Come and see!" pleads the child as he tugs on your sleeve. You see the floor where he's pointing; it's a clutter of scattered Lego®. You keep looking because he insists. Finally, you see it. Why, there's an entire Lego® village with buildings, roads, trees, little people, a play park, an ice-cream stand, and more. The child beams as you stoop down to observe the details. You must notice every detail; the child watches your eyes, looking for your reaction. Are you are genuinely noticing? The child knows if you're not, if you're only semi-engaged. You must demonstrate that you indeed see it — all of it. He will point out any details that you missed; you can be sure of that!
This child invited you to witness something exhilarating: his accomplishments. He seeks your response. That is how you honour him. That's your supreme expression of love: undivided attention, sincere feedback, and genuine interest in his world.
It's like that with God: "Come and see!" pleads God. "Come, witness my handiwork! Taste it! Experience it! Do you notice it — in the created world, in my Word, in My risen Son… in people? Are you interested? Do you care?"
To be sure, much of God's handiwork goes unnoticed unless God firmly tugs on our sleeves and points to the spot. That's how Jesus got His disciples to notice a particular woman in the crowded lineup at the temple treasury box. Her inconspicuous offering would otherwise have gone unnoticed amidst the clatter of coins. For Jesus, that clatter was like a bunch of scattered Lego® — not God's actual project! You had to notice something going on inside the woman: a heart overflowing with gratitude and praise — in spite of the despicable exploitation of widows at the time.
Here's another example of God's "come and see" tug shared by a friend: After leaving home, her father showed little interest in her — other than a yearly birthday card which he always formally signed, "Sincerely, T. J. Hartford". Then one year, he signed the card, "Love, Dad". Those two little words gripped her attention. God pointed right there. The words revealed a flicker of change in her emotionally distanced father. That warmed her heart.
We know how grieved the little boy would feel if we rolled our eyes in response to his enthusiastic invitation. Surely, God is also grieved by such indifference toward His interests. It's like the elder son's coldness toward his exuberant father who held a lavish "come-and-see" party so that everyone could enter into his joy over a restored relationship with his younger son. Imagine the father's grief over his son who refused to "come and see"!
May we, on the other hand, bring joy to our Lord, through our keen attention to His handiwork.
Prayer: O Father, help us to notice Your deeds with great interest — even those unremarkable details that are easily overlooked in the clutter of life. Amen.
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Good one Diane. Thank you.
Thanks for sharing, Diane. A good word.
Thank you, Diane!
Diane, Yes, may we all be like little children seeking the Father. May we do everything for His glory, not our own. Blessings.
I know exactly what you are talking about…grandchildren that tug at you in order to show you whatever they have created. Their eyes beaming and so proud to show you.
A beautiful devotion, and a beautiful reminder!
Thank you, Diane. May God continue to bless you richly in new and wondrous ways.
Thank you for making my heart come to pace with yours and our Lord’s in a number of spots in the devotional.
We can give our ALL to Jesus Christ as he gave his ALL to and for us.
Thank you! We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. It truly is the hand of God that brings the paths of strangers to the same crossroad and enables them to share life’s pathways for a short time. Hopefully, we shall share that experience again sometime.
Happy Tuesday, Diane!
One of the things I like best about following the Presbycan daily devotional is learning to recognize each person’s writing. Playing a game with myself as I read, I try to guess the author before I get to the bottom. I have come to feel like I actually know some of the authors. A very pleasant feeling!
Thanks once again for sharing your faith with me, and may God richly bless you.
The title of your devotion caught my eye and as I read it, my heart. I remembered how often when our children were young, that I offered less than my full attention to something important to them. I can, however say that this rarely happens with my grandchildren. I know they are coming, plan ahead and try to give my undivided attention. Having said that, I realize I often fail the Lord by failing to praise and thank Him for all his blessings including those I take for granted.
Thanks for the reminders. We can benefit from that. Keep up the good work.
COME AND SEE: Thank you Diane Eaton for this special writing today. You speak a spiritual message.
The message is perfect. Your compassion speaks to me personally.
“Come and See” is also the title of a book by the first United Church woman minister in Canada, Frances MacLellan.
Blessings Diane today for your choice of devotion in PDD. May I continue to read many more of your meaningful spiritual contributions to our newsletter!
We do indeed need to take time to see God’s hand in the clutter of life.
Thank you for writing.