I love it when Diaspora shares God Sightings also referred to as Sacrament of the Ordinary. These stories, incidents or testimonies are us telling where we’ve encountered God in our daily lives. It can be a huge life changing event or a small moment, word, or encounter that speaks to us.
Just this past weekend we held our monthly Gathering. This is a collaborative worship time where all or most of us bring something to worship Jesus.
When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:26
This time around we focused on God Sightings. It was so amazing to hear from person after person about impactful conversations, answers to prayer, words from scripture, forgiveness being asked for and received, rain stopping on a difficult day, and so many other ways that we’ve each encountered God recently.
God is part of our daily lives. Sometimes we forget to look or listen for Him. Other times He will grab our attention and make Himself known.
And we talked about that day about Luke 24 which turned out to describe a God Sighting!
The story tells of Jesus appearing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. This takes place after Jesus has been crucified and resurrected. But many disciples have not seen Him at this point. These two disciples are walking along and encounter Jesus but do not recognize Him. THEY tell Him about the Messiah, Jesus who was crucified and apparently rose form the grave. He talks to them about the truth of scripture. They warm to His company and invite Him to dine and stay with them. He breaks bread and their eyes are opened as they realize it is Jesus!
In this story, as in so many of our God sightings we see:
-God shows up but is not recognized at first
-Jesus appears to those who need to see Him
-He knows what they/we need at this moment
-Jesus makes scripture passages clear to those He appears to
-the God sighting is a pivotal moment in the faith of those who encounter Jesus
-the God sightings often impact others and are not just about us
What better way to worship God than to remember the ways that He is with us just as He promised in Matthew 28. Jesus gives us the command to make disciples and assures us,
“and I will be with you to the end of the age.”