This past Thursday and Friday, I attended the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Community Church. The speakers were unmatched and my brain feels a little like it might explode from all the teaching. My takeaways were many, but the two that stood out the most were the need we all have to be seen and connected. I know I do. When I am seen and connected, I feel like I can do anything. I can overcome; I can love; I can commit; I can be strong and courageous. This got me thinking, though, about how sometimes I don’t see people and choose not to connect because I’m busy or distracted or just not paying attention. Jesus sees and chooses to connect. Just look at John 4. Here’s what I’m doing this week:
I’m seeing people. I know there are people I run into throughout my day who my eyes skim over. They are there, but I don’t see them. Not every person. Not every day. But still. I’m praying I will have the ability and patience and wherewithal to see, really see, every person I encounter this week.
I’m expecting to encounter Jesus in each person. I read the story of a man named Alphonsus Rodriguez, who was the doorkeeper at a Jesuit college. Each time he went to answer the door for any caller, he would say, “I’m coming, Lord,” and greeted each person with the same smile with which he would have greeted Jesus. What if I did this with each person I meet?
I’m praying for the people I know who don’t know Jesus. The thing about knowing Jesus is that I know I am seen. I am like the woman at the well in John 4. Jesus can tell me everything I have ever done. But, he does not do it to accuse and condemn. He does it to heal and bring me into wholeness. I am praying that the people I know and love who feel anonymous, disconnected, and alone would be drawn by Jesus, the one who knows them and has known them since before they ever came to be.
What does your week look like?
Are there people you could see?