Analise asked to see Jesus today. She actually asked to see Him last night before bed as well. We have been talking a lot about the cross, the empty tomb, salvation, and heaven as we approach Easter, so Analise was eager to see Jesus for herself. She even searched the sky for Jesus this morning on our drive home from the grocery store, and said, “Hmm I see an airplane. Is Jesus in the clouds?” Of course this just warms mommy’s heart and reminds me of how Jesus longs for the little children to come to him.
Searching for Jesus in the Darkness
There is a question in our catechism that says, “Can you see God?” to which we reply, “No, but God always sees me.” Sometimes when my girls are afraid of the dark or don’t want mommy or daddy to leave their room I remind them of this truth. Just because God is invisible does not mean that he is absent or unaware. My kids need this. I need this.
My kids are looking for Jesus to come to them and hug them, protect them, and just be present with them in the darkness so that they can rest and know that it will all be okay. Why do I pretend to be above this as if I do not desire the same thing? C.S. Lewis said, “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” Being brave is not independence from God, but it is quite the opposite. It is surrender. It is faith. It is earnest in its search for Jesus.
Jesus is Coming
Holy Week reminds me of this search. The 1st century Jews were looking for the Messiah, straining their eyes to find a king who would release them from Rome’s oppressive hold. Jesus was right there. It wasn’t like he led a quiet, hidden life. He caused quite a stir, enough to have him killed. And yet so many missed him. Many are still looking for him. He has already come and completed what He came to do- achieve salvation for repentant sinners. And He will come again.
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory” Mark 13:26. I want to be more like my children and long to see Jesus. I want to search for Him and expect Him to return, maybe not in my lifetime, but believe by faith that He is coming. He came the first time as God said He would, and He will come again. Jesus said that we “must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). I want to be ready. I know where I will be in eternity, but I want to live in the here and now for the thereafter. I think this is what it means to be ready: like a traveler with her coat on, suitcase in hand, looking for her ride to come and take her home.