Laura Nelson ponders our need to look for the hand of Jesus as work in our lives.
Where I work, it’s not uncommon for me to hear that phrase blurted out in a joyful exclamation. Most of the time it’s my friend Tim who says it and every time he does, it makes me smile. Tim is a person who has the gift of joy. He delights in life and loves to see God’s hand at work in the world. It’s usually the times when Jesus has been at work while Tim wasn’t looking that usually leads to those outbursts of “Sneaky Jesus!”
Of course, Tim’s not implying that Jesus is trying to trick us. It’s more the fact that He’s always working in our lives that delights Tim. And Tim’s delight is contagious! I love hearing him say those words because it reminds me that God is present and working toward the good of those who love Him. And hearing that joyful phrase reminds me to look for Jesus’ hand in my life and to rejoice when I see it.
I’ve often said that I’m better at seeing Jesus at work in my life in the rearview mirror rather than the windshield. But, I’m starting to see Him more and more in the moment instead of only in hindsight. Part of my “sight improvement” is due to paying attention and looking with expectation that God is alive and at work.
Another part is growth in humility. (It’s much harder to miss God’s hand in your life when you know you can’t take credit for what’s happening in your life.) Another part is coming to know God better. As I’ve grown in knowledge and love for God, it’s easier for me to recognize Him in my life. Just like a mom who can recognize their child by the sound of their footsteps, the better I know God, the easier it is for me to recognize His presence.
What about you? When was the last time Jesus snuck up on you? Who knows? Maybe He’s sneaking up on you right now. Better pay attention or you might miss Sneaky Jesus!
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About the Author
Laura B. Nelson is a Catholic wife and mother of three children. She is also a Catholic blogger, author, speaker, teacher and life-long student of the Catholic faith. Laura likes to be busy but she most enjoys spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Grapevine, TX. Find out more about Laura at LauraBNelson.com.