Seen But Not Heard

Thursday, June 2, 2022
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John 20:16 – Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). (ESV)

I am a SciFi fan. I remember watching Men in Black where "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), one of the agents in a black suit, jumps up and down waving his arms and shouting, "Eat me!" to a very large alien. The alien obliges by swallowing him, only to be exploded from the inside by the swallowed "K" who had carried his large gun with him! Messy.

My youngest daughter, Sophia, is often frustrated over being the youngest. Privately, some of us would like to be less ahead of her in age, but in this reality, time is linear. Like her father was at her age, she is an extrovert. Consequently, she is quite prepared to be in-your-face about everything and anything. Just to be the centre of what is going on, and to be recognized and seen, she literally or metaphorically jumps up and down, waving to get our attention, not dissimilar to the agent "K"'s effusive display in the film. When she knows that she is seen, she so loves to explain or recount her life experiences to me that she almost glows with the satisfaction of being heard.

In a similar manner, I sometimes feel like both "K" and Sophia in front of Jesus in God's throne room. I pray — and metaphorically, I am jumping up and down — hoping to gain the attention of my God and Saviour in order to be heard, even though in reality I am of course heard, simply because Jesus loves me.

Over two thousand years ago, Mary was distraught and dismayed, searching for Jesus' body when she found His tomb empty. What had happened to her Saviour? Her life's anchor had been ripped from her heart. So, ignoring Peter and the angels, she carries on in her search for Jesus. She wants to be heard by someone who would have the answer to her question: Where have they taken my Lord?

Unknowingly, she bumps into Jesus, and in her distress, she does not recognize the Man who asks her the question: "Whom are you seeking?" She is too busy in her turmoil, her dilemma, focused on being able to minister to His dead body and say her farewells.

She is desperate to be heard, to pour out her heart — so desperate that it is only when Jesus calls her name that her eyes are opened and she finally knows that she is home and she is heard, even as she was unknowingly previously called by Jesus. Then, with her eyes opened, she sees that the risen Jesus is no longer lost to her, but she is once more the centre of His attention.

Have we been too consumed in the telling of our story to realize that God is here with us already, and we are the focus of His attention?

Is the risen Jesus calling your name today to open your eyes?

Prayer: Lord, You are our anchor and our Saviour. Clear our minds that we may see You and know that we are always heard. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Rod.

    Rings true for me today, Rod. Thanks for sharing your faith and wisdom today.

    Always look forward to devotionals written by you, Rod. Thanks once more for writing.

    Good one Rod.
    I just finished typing up and illustrating this story of Mary for our DVBS kids next month, so it was fresh in my mind when l read your words this morning!
    Have a good one.

    Greetings Rod and many thanks for another excellent devotional. Yes, our Lord is truly the anchor in our daily lives, and nothing can be better than seeking and trusting in Him. He is ever there and ready to hear our call. Blessings for these writings you do and for the many prayers you bring forward for the present situation in the Ukraine.

    Good morning, Rod,
    Well it is good that you are also an extrovert, so you understand where Sophia is coming from. I am an introvert and look at things quite differently.
    The essence of your devotional is the same for extroverts and introverts, have we drifted away from knowing that God is always there for us and hears us and knows our hearts without us doing anything to deserve it.
    A good reminder to listen to see if Jesus is trying to get out attention and making us aware he is there for us.
    A most appropriate song for your message of today. Blessings.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

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