As I was running into the gym the other day, a woman that I knew from work stopped me and spoke my name with confusion. I laughed, saying that my ball cap and workout clothes were probably a surprise to her and that this was another version of me.
How often are we guided by appearances and how things appear to be?
In this passage, people were so focused on what they thought the royal Messiah should be that they failed to see Jesus among them. Do we not still do that today? Doesn’t it sometimes give us comfort or perceived control if we put limits on how God must work? Or reason out God’s love and forgiveness for us?
Perhaps seeing others through the lens of understanding is the only way we free our hearts from the box that we design.
Limitless God, forgive us for forgetting you are King of the world. Teach our hearts to love like you. Amen. — LMB