by Cheriyan Vengal, Toronto, Canada
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. (John 1:43-51)
We may have issues relating to our job, children's education, marriage, illness, poverty, and so forth. When we have these sufferings, usually we stay apart from the crowd. We start cursing our fate. We may not pray, as we have the same above question in mind as of Nathanael, even if some of our friends tell us to pray to God. We may not mingle with others or we may prefer to stay at home in solitude same like Nathanael sitting under the 'fig tree'. Nathanael was expecting the savior. We also are expecting our lord to solve our issues, but only waiting for Him. But He has seen us sitting under the 'fig tree' with our sufferings. For giving us the relief, Jesus calls us through His disciple 'come and see'. But are we ready to go and see Him even though there is an invitation ?
Let's decide to 'go and see Him'. How should we be to see Him - "be a righteous in whom there is no deceit." Even though there is an invitation to see Him, neither the venue nor the date and time is mentioned. It's an open invitation. We can go and see Him anywhere and anytime. Let's see where and when we can see Him ? Have we saw a hungry person who need food ? Have we saw a thirsty person who need something to drink ? Have we saw a stranger who need help or a place to stay ? Have we saw a person who need clothing ? Have we saw a sick person who need our care ? Have we visited a prisoner who need our love to transform ? If yes, many a times we have seen Him, but unfortunately may not have identified Him. Even then we definitely may have got a feeling that our sufferings are nothing when compared to the sufferings of these people. That itself will boost our morale. Imagine how much they will be happy if we solve their problems. Definitely it will be more than the happiness we receive when God solve our small issues. Let's fulfill their requirements as a righteous person without any deceit will do. Then we can make sure that we had seen Him . For He said "whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did it for me.’ (Matt 25:31-46)
What is the benefit of going and seeing Him ? Our Lord promised that "We will see greater things; We will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." The angels will go up with our problems, and come down with solutions as blessings to the sons of men. It's a promise from our Lord to us. Let's go and see Him to be showered with blessings as the heaven will be opened when we go and see Him.
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