I was having lunch at Firehouse Subs today and recalled a similar day a while back. At Firehouse, you place your order and when it is ready, they call your name and bring it to you. On that particular day, I was enjoying lunch, lost in my own thoughts. Then the man called out, “Order for Jesus!” I looked up in great anticipation to see where he was taking the tray. The recipient clarified that his name is pronounced “Ha-Sus”. I grinned at the thought of having lunch with Jesus, but then I thought, “Why not?”
“He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” Acts 1:7
So why not walk into a sandwich shop, sit down and share my lunch?
Joseph Girzone wrote a series of novels called “Joshua” about a second coming of Christ in a small town. He arrived in the person of Joshua and interacted with the townsfolk around Him, revealing just enough to make you wonder if it was really Him. It’s a great series of books and one was made into a movie. It leaves you thinking about the possibility of Jesus living among us.
We share in a meal at the communion table on Sundays, so why not a “Dalmatian spotted” lunch table on a Tuesday afternoon? The church is God’s house so why can’t Firehouse be Jesus’ favorite sandwich shop? So today, I invited the “real” Jesus to have a seat, and we talked. A nice visit discussing the crazy and the mundane. That is the kind of relationship He wants, to be a part of everything, not just an hour on Sunday morning.
We talked about my being overwhelmed and unprepared for the tasks ahead. Then He said:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 ; “Therefore, embrace your weakness so that My power may rest on you.”
Wow. Good talk, Russ.
I arose with both my belly and heart full, refreshed and ready to take on what’s next. It’s nice to know that He is that close in the ordinary. We just have to ask and listen.
I recommend that you invite Jesus to have a seat and just talk.
And be Blessed in Great Measure