Now THIS was a gift. I’m fascinated by woodpeckers. I love them as much as I do raptors (hawks, eagles, owls, etc.). I took a joy ride for about 20 minutes and saw this Red-headed woodpecker not too far from the house. They’re around but they’re rare to see. Their numbers are low and their very skittish, so seeing one is something else. I was so excited to see one, to watch it fly around and do his thing, but to get an even so-so picture is awesome, too. Next time, I’m getting closer!
29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.” —Luke 2
It’s that line, “which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,” that sticks out to me. Jesus was here, able to be seen and recognized. But only those who had ears to hear and eyes to see were able to recognize him. The rest were blinded by their preference, their stubbornness, their own way of doing things. Really, they just didn’t have time for Jesus…or…they wouldn’t make time.
There’s an unbelievable, amazing kingdom for us not only to see with our own eyes but to participate in with our own hearts. Jesus and the kingdom of God are here, at hand, near. If we’ll turn our face to the One who has come, we can join Simeon in his joyful song, “my eyes have seen your salvation…”