I have a special treat. With Gary’s permission I have asked my father to be my guest blogger. I hope you enjoy his thoughts as much as I do. (You can hover over pictures for captions).
By R. Lynn Huff
There is in most of us a strong tendency to need or want to be seen when we arrive well qualified, well dressed, well “put together” to do a specific and important job.
It may be a life saving move to let the victims of an auto accident know that, “I am an EMT. I can help you and your baby until the ambulance and police arrive!”
To be seen and known as authoritative. This is OK and needed in a lot of situations, like a board meeting, an undercover operation where fellow troops may be certain of “who’s the enemy, who’s our comrade in arms?”
The North American snowshoe hare turns white in winter to blend in with the snow. And not to belabor the point, there are dozens of interesting, humorous and intriguing examples if you use the internet. Go to “animals in camouflage.”
Jesus came along quietly (except for that chorus of angels in Luke 2) on dusty and somewhat isolated streets, markets, roadways. He evidently had a genius in this. What was the thinking behind not being in the limelight, stage center? Oh, true Jesus will come again in real plain view (Rev. 1:7)!
Could the coming of the Messiah have been for those who were truly, in the depths of soul and mind, in a search mode? How does the following verse from Luke 2, NKJV strike you?
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
What do you detect in Luke 2? 36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
This leaves me with the inquisitive notion that God wanted to be seen by those earnestly looking for Him, those on a search, those with a heart for the unknown and the unseen? He wanted to engage us all on this level. Are we all at this moment seeking, deeply longing for the “redemption” spoken of here? Is my heart hungering to see Him, to engage and be engaged here and now or whenever He returns and for eternity? Is He waiting to be welcomed by those able to see through camo? Yet, when He comes again, He will arrive in plain view!
Just still wondering, too. What do you think?