I Can’t Find Him
Life puts famous people in the spotlight constantly. Wherever they show up, there is a hoard of press people, paparazzi, and common folks encircling them to see and hear what they have to say. When that occurs, there may be so many people in the periphery that a person standing away from the group can see a huddle of fans but cannot see the one in the center of attention.
The same is true with those of us in our daily lives. We can be so filled with the demands of those pressing around us that we lose sight of the One that we state is the Lord of our lives, the very center of our being, and the reason for life itself. It sounds strange, but we can do extremely well with the menial tasks that require our attention only to discover that we may have lost sight altogether of the One we said we would “seek first” all our days.
Perhaps you remember the story of Jesus as a boy.
42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts…(Luke 2:42-46).
Can you imagine “losing the Son of God”? Have we ever been found “missing” Jesus as the very center of life for us? The verse that was true for Mary and Joseph is also true for us… “Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day.” When we presume “Jesus is with us”, we may have been so long without daily times with Him, we are not aware how far we have strayed from His presence.
Spending time with Christ is the same as spending time with your spouse, family, or work associates. You set aside time to meet with those who are so much a part of your daily life. Failure to honor that set time results in loss of time with those that can help you with work as well as those that help you as family and friends keep a positive outlook. Jesus gives us wisdom, power, and direction for living. If He truly is a dear friend, we know when we have distanced ourselves from His fellowship and leadership.
Adolph Menzel created a painting titled Frederick the Great’s Address to His Generals Before the Battle of Leuthen. This historical piece depicts Frederick’s speech to his generals in December 1757 during the Seven Years’ War before their famous battle in Silesia against the Austrians.
Menzel worked on it from 1859-1861, but never finished it. The monumental painting contains the background and the generals standing in a semi-circle, but the main figure of Frederick the Great was left blank. Menzel’s famous painting is a picture of many lives. The background of career, interests, pursuits and achievement is complete. The faces of significant people like family, friends and colleagues surround. But the central and most important figure is left incomplete—Jesus. Jesus Christ has been given a name that is above all others and rightly deserves to be the focal point of our lives. Likewise, the centrality of Christ in life is the greatest need of every person. May we never foolishly allow Him to be a blank figure in our crowded lives. (Copied).