Everyday Jesus: Where’s Waldo… I mean Jesus?

Welcome to another edition of Everyday Jesus! Today I am so stinkin’ excited to introduce you to one of my coolest and most supportive “dude readers.” Only the best part is he’s not just a reader– he too is a writer! I work alongside Brent at Christ Community Church and he inspires readers with his passion for Christ and leadership perspective. Get ready to discover Jesus in everyday life with his guest post today here at 7 Days Time! 
Looking for Christ in the Everyday, 
SGK 
PS: Don’t forget to show Brent the Jesus love both here and on his website by leaving a comment! 
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The ‘Where’s Waldo’ books and puzzles have been around for years….since 1987 to be exact.  Some are more challenging than others.  You’ve seen these, right?  Waldo and other characters are always dressed in bright red and white stripes, which would suggest that they would be rather easy to pick out in a crowd.  As it turns out, however, it’s not really that simple.
 
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This makes me think of taking my kids to Chuck E. Cheese when they were little.  Have you ever tossed your 3-year-old into one of those huge tubs of multi-colored plastic balls?  You would think your kid would stick out like a sore thumb.  Not the case!  At least with my kids, they would inevitably wiggle to the bottom allowing the balls to conceal their location.  I don’t think there was a time when I didn’t have to climb in there myself and fish them out.

So, where is Jesus???

For those of us who have accepted His gracious gift of salvation by our faith, He tells us this:

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.   Matthew 28:20b  (NLT)

He is with us….with you and I…always!  That’s awesome news.  But isn’t Jesus a bit like Waldo in our daily crazy-paced life?  We should be able to see Him in everything we do and everywhere we go.  I mean, He is with us.  Didn’t we just read that?  The issue here is that often we allow Him to become lost in the crowd.

The crowd of…

…waking up late

…getting sick

…becoming angry at the barista who got our coffee wrong

…monthly bills adding up to more than our income

…our ‘to-do’ list always being longer than our ‘done’ list

…ETC!

So, here’s what we do.  Recognize our particular ‘crowd.’  Realize that Jesus really is nearby.  And ReFocus our attention on the things of Jesus as we go about our day.  When we do this our crowd eventually becomes filled with Jesus moments.  We start to see Him in the frustrations of life….not just the pleasant stuff.

Where did you see Jesus today?  Leave a comment below and share your experience so we can encourage each other.

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Brent in colormedium

Brent is a follower of Jesus, husband to an amazing woman and   father of four remarkable kids. He has  been active in ministry since 1991, which includes:  Children’s & Family Life Ministry in Washington State, student ministry in Michigan and he currently serves as GROW Minister at Christ Community Church in Columbus, GA  while also partnering with his wife children’s ministries. You can connect with Brent via his blog or on Twitter. 

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8 thoughts on “Everyday Jesus: Where’s Waldo… I mean Jesus?

  1. Jackie morris

    Great example, seems lots of my reading are kinda going in the same direction these days. Jesus is here holding my hand throughout the day. Thank you for sharing. I will be looking for HIM in my day to day routine.

    • Amen, Jackie! He IS always with you, and I pray He reveals Himself powerfully and mightily to you daily. Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

  2. What a great visual example…When I read Jesus Calling this morning, it reminded me to keep my eyes on Jesus for “direction and empowerment,” and it was just what I needed…Grateful for His daily presence as I turn to Him 🙂
    P.S. linked up behind you at Jen’s

  3. Great analogy. Love it. Thing is like the Where’s Waldo books sometimes we have to keep looking, and looking… and looking before we see Jesus at work in the mess of our lives.
    Linked to you from Tell Me a True Story. Blessings

  4. Thank you for sharing at “Tell Me a Story.” We get so busy at times that we “loose Jesus in the crowd.” I liked that thought and it is a good reminder to keep our focus on Jesus up front.

    • Very true! Keeping our eyes on him in the midst of our everyday must be intentional. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Hazel.

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