I Saw You Coming

I Saw You Coming

     One morning last week my night job ended a little earlier than usual.  I generally swing by a restaurant near the church to pick up breakfast on those mornings and take it to the office.  That morning the restaurant wasn’t even open yet when I got there so I pulled up near the drive-thru window and was planning to wait.  Within a minute, however, the “open” signed started flashing in the window and I pulled on up to it.  I was going to place my order (I get the same thing every time – grits, bacon, scrambled eggs), but the gentleman opened the drive-thru window, smiled, and handed my breakfast – my “usual” to me.  I thanked him, and told him they were fast that morning, and he said, “I saw you coming.  Have a great day.”  I headed on to the church but the experience lingered in my mind.

     It made me think about my response to others when I “see them coming.”  More so now with this covid-19 situation, I look forward to seeing others come.  I miss the faces, the conversations, the insights, the joys, even the sharing of frustration, loss and sorrow.  We were created to be connected as the body of Christ, but if we go all the way back to the Garden of Eden, we know that relationship was broken with sin.  In Genesis, Adam and Eve hid when they heard God coming.  In Exodus, the Israelites were afraid to see God’s face lest they die and Moses was eager to see God’s glory and asked God to show it to him.  God did, but placed him in the crevice of a rock to protect him as He passed by him.  Jonah ran when God came to him and told him to go to preach at Nineveh.  In John 1:48, Jesus saw Nathanael before Philip even brought him to see Jesus and in John 8:56 Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees who didn’t recognize who he was this:

“Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming.  He saw it and was glad.”

     We might consider what our response is to the coming of others, but perhaps more importantly what is our response to the coming of God in our lives?  Do we cringe at that thought, or hide, or run the other direction?  Are we fearful of what we might have to give up or rejoicing that His coming outweighs anything we have?

     Do we think that he rejoices at our coming to Him?  Just like the prodigal son returning home to his father, God is ready to run out to meet us when we are ready to come to Him.  He has the feast prepared for us before we even ask for it.

     As we continue to live in these uncertain times, may all that we do in our actions and words move us in the direction of our coming closer to God.  May we remember that You do see us coming and rejoice that You are already ready to receive us.  Forgive us when we stray or are distracted.  Put us back on the path that brings us to You.  And may we, in turn, remember to look for You as You come into our lives.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen