Jackson Five Friday: Missing the Obvious


It’s been an unusual week. I spent most of the last seven days at a swim meet with my oldest son. Since the meet draws swimmers from all over the nation, we saw many kids from the DC area, both former teammates and rivals. When I saw the name of one favorite teammate and carpool buddy up on the scoreboard, I realized he was swimming in the lane almost directly below me. I snapped a picture of him and texted it to his mom. I’d guess that the majority of swimmers travel with just the team and coaches — no parents. So it seemed reasonable to me to think this young man, Adam, was there without his parents.

“Go Adam!” I said in the text.

But here’s the hilarious part: the picture is of the back of both parents’ heads. These are longstanding friends of ours, but I was so focused on getting a shot of Adam that I didn’t even notice. I cracked up when my friend texted me back and told me. There they were, plain as day.

I feel like this is a spiritual reality for many in the modern era. People look at the skies and fail to see a maker, behold the ocean and deny its glory. They read the Bible and reject its plain message. How am I guilty of this? Where am I missing the obvious? It’s a disconcerting thought.

But I know the solution. I need to seek God with all my heart and pray for wisdom. I need to soak in and meditate on Scripture.

Praying now for the week ahead. May I devote myself to seeking, praying and meditating. I know then I’ll never miss what’s truly important.

Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you of great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3

With Love,


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