Ryan Murray: Look for the face of Jesus in others
Have you ever tried to find the face of Jesus in others? It's something that I want to be more conscious of doing, but many times my good intentions get forgotten in the day-to-day activities of life. To put it plainly, it's really unfortunate. The funny thing is – no matter what we do, Jesus has a way of putting His face right in front of us. It happened to me recently, and it happened with bubbles.
In the past year or so, I've had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country for my job. I've always tried to take in the beauty of our United States in nature, places and things. It's been a fantastic experience to meet other people, but at times I've found myself wrapped up in where I've needed to go next instead of taking the time to really see what is passing me by. Has that ever happened to you?
I met an amazing young man named Trevor recently. He can't walk on his feet, but he goes from place to place on his own, knowing what he wants and where he needs to be. He can't talk using spoken words, either.
Jesus talks through him, though.
I introduced myself to him and, using an iPad, he said my name. Then he told me he wanted to go outside and blow bubbles, so we did.
Trevor and I went out on his deck and we blew bubbles – big ones, small ones, funny-shaped ones, you name it. We played together for maybe 15 minutes. It was by far the best 15 minutes of my day, not only because we had fun but because he was the teacher and I was the student. What you can learn is amazing if you listen, whether or not words are involved.
In those 15 minutes, I saw Jesus not only in Trevor, but in his parents. I saw a calling to make the world a better place, not only today but tomorrow and the days looking ahead.
There are some very good lessons to be learned here.
Life can get busy – very busy. So think about what's important. Take time to step back and see Him in others. Even more importantly, take a second to realize when He is talking through others. Sometimes – dare I say, many times – it can be difficult to do.
However, if we can remember to see His face, we might just be able to see Him in ourselves.
And that brings color into our lives, color that can radiate to everyone around us.
Just like a bubble.