Recently my wife, Mickey went to California to visit some rather age experienced high school friends. At the point that I watched her going through security, my week fell apart. Folks from my church say that I was a mess while she was gone. I have to agree. I was.
Years ago, when I was in my first ministry, I had been teaching a class on the second coming of Jesus and one night I had a dream. I dreamed that the rapture was happening, and as I turned my face upward to see Jesus, I opened my eyes and say … you guessed it …. my wife. Now to be honest my reaction was not the most godly reaction. It was “Ahhhh it’s only Mickey.”, and for a year and a half, that’s how I told the story. One night as I told the story I had an epiphany. Jesus’ voice in my ear was, “You missed my gift to you that night. When you opened your eyes to look at Me, and saw Mickey, I was showing you Me, in her!” I was crushed. I had been demeaning my wonderful wife all that time not realizing the gift I had of having a wife who had Jesus living right there in her.
We were pretty young then, and through the years I have learned to appreciate My Jesus in my wife. So when she went to California for that visit, it wasn’t the old ball and chain that left, it was my life mate, half of me, my woobie, my reflection of Jesus in her that went west. She isn’t well these days and isn’t as energetic as she was earlier in life. She has up days, but because of her health it’s mostly down days. Although that is true, she is still my bride. Everyday I am thankful to God that he has allowed me to share my life with this humble vessel He has chosen to inhabit.
Now, if I can see Jesus in my wife, how is it that I have a hard time seeing Jesus in the Christians around me on a regular basis? Isn’t He the same savior in them that He is in me and Mickey? How is it that most Christians have a hard time seeing Him in other Christians. If we could only see ….. Just think. No arguing over the color of the carpet anymore. No gossip about how someone is not doing what we expect them to do. All the Sunday School classes would have teachers without the Pastor pulling his hair out, yes even the 5th grades boys class. If we could only see Jesus in each other all the time, the opinions, traditions, and theological arguments that hold us back from reaching our communities could disappear overnight.