Reading 1 Samuel 16:1-13; John 1:1-5, 14 (NRSV)
Where have you looked for God? Many people claim that they see God in a beautiful vista, in a glorious sunset, or in the face of a loved one. Have you ever seen God in an unexpected place?
In today’s Old Testament reading, Samuel follows God where he does not expect. God directs Samuel in a task that could get Samuel killed if King Saul hears of it. God tells Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next king. Samuel sees the first son and thinks, surely, God has chosen this one. But, no, God has a different idea. Samuel sees each son in turn, but God has a different plan. Finally, Jesse calls his youngest son, David, who was keeping the sheep. God told Samuel to look inside David’s heart, not at his outward appearance. And there was God.
In today’s gospel, we read that all things came into being through God. And God came to live among us as the Word, or light, or life. Where do you see life that brightens? Where do you see light that overcomes darkness? Where do you hear or read or experience God’s Word? There you have seen God’s glory.
Where is God? God is Here! Even if “here” is an unexpected place.
Let us pray. O, God of hope, thank you for living among us to light our world. May we see you “here” in unexpected places. Amen.