In the Ordinary

 [Post by Judy Edwards, reblogged from CCM]

“Jesus in disguise

Jehovah passing by…

Open my eyes wide as I can

Blind as I am, blind as I am”

– Brandon Heath

“Mary turned around and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. ‘Why are you crying?’ he asked her…  She thought he was the gardener. ‘Sir, if you have taken my Lord away, tell me where you have put him…’   ‘Mary!’ Jesus said.”       (John 20:14-16)                                  

She thought he was the gardener.  Why would Mary think the risen Lord was the gardener?  Like most landscapers and grounds keepers that I see, I imagine he was a bit unkempt – soiled work clothes, dirty hands, unruly hair.  Did Jesus look so ordinary that Mary missed him?  Do we miss him in the ordinary? 

Jesus was in disguise most of his earthly life.  The King of kings and Lord of lords first appeared to us in the form of a newborn.  The Son of God was known as the son of a carpenter.  The One who holds all power in the universe was perceived as being meek and mild.

I do think at times we fail to recognize Jesus in the ordinary, and we need him to open our eyes in those divine appointments and opportunities he gives us.  Perhaps a friend, family member, co-worker or classmate needs a word of encouragement or a pat on the back.  Maybe a stranger is in need of the gospel. … We never know where Jesus may show up, or how we can be Jesus to someone else!

Why was Jesus in disguise outside of the garden tomb?  The question isn’t why was he in disguise, but why do we miss him in the ordinary?  Jesus, open our eyes!

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About Bonita Jewel

Bonita Jewel is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of themes, including: Literature & poetry https://danielandbonita.wordpress.com Writing https://awordfitlywritten.wordpress.com Parenting https://positiveparentingblog.wordpress.com Purpose https://apurposedlife.wordpress.com After living in India from the age of 16 to 28, she returned to California with her husband and three children. She is pursuing a Degree at Fresno State University. Bonita teaches community education at Clovis Adult. Her courses include Blogging Basics, Power Editing, Creative Writing, and Working from Home. She also freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Her greatest passions are her family, her faith, writing, and reading. Bonita Jewel has been reading since she was 2 ½. Thirty years later, she still loves the magic and mystery of the written word. She is slowly breathing life into roughly 50 novels and nearly as many nonfiction works, depending on which plot or character seizes her interest at any given time. Please connect with Bonita at: https://www.facebook.com/BonitaJewelAuthor
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