Scripture: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”—John 14:9 NKJV).

My Grandfather Mayfield came to live with us in his 90’s—a quiet old man who tried to be as little trouble as possible.  He loved to read, and spent his days studying our 20-volume set of The Book of Knowledge.

One morning, Mama put a pot of beans on the stove for dinner and wanted to go work in the garden. “Grandpa,” she asked, “would you bring your book in the kitchen and watch my beans for me?”

“Of course,” he said, and moved his chair near the stove.

Sometime later, she looked up and saw smoke pouring from the windows. Rushing to the house, she found the pot burned to a crisp.  In tears, she asked, “Grandpa, why didn’t you watch my beans?”

“Well, I did,” the old man answered. “They never did boil over.”

Even as my grandfather watched for the wrong thing, so the religious leaders in Jesus’s day expected to see a resplendent warrior who would bring Israel political power and freedom from the Roman oppressors. They failed to see God’s amazing glory in this ordinary Carpenter, born of a peasant family, from an insignificant town in Galilee. Only those with eyes to see and ears to hear recognized Him.

God reveals much of Himself in the ordinary people around us and the mundane events of our day, if we will but watch and listen.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive my blind heart!  Please open my eyes to see You and Your fingerprints all around me.

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