Are You Snake Bit?

"If it were a snake it would have bit you,"  I remember my mother using this old idiom to inform me that whatever I was looking for was right in front of me.

All week God has been impressing me to look at the people who are around me and to look deeper into their lives.  I watched as the love of a father defended his daughters' opinion.  I observed a woman declare her faith in Christ against cancer attacking her body.  I listened as a broken heart lamented the pain of a lost friendship.

This forced me to ask the question of myself.  "Am I missing the obvious?"  Or in other words, am I snake bit?

In the book, Dangerous Wonder, Mike Yaconelli comments, “The greatest enemy of Christianity may be people who say they believe in Jesus but who are no longer astonished and amazed.”

Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

(NOTE: Verse 18 is used by those who handle snakes in church saying that it is an act of worship and a symbol of their faith to do so.  No, this verse has not nor will ever mean that.) 

Have we become so accustomed to "doing" church that when God presents His power through miracles and healings, we shrug our shoulders and say, "Meh"?  

Have we become so accustomed to "seeing" people in the church that we don't notice them?  

Have we become so accustomed to others doing ministry in the church that we don't see a need for us to get our hands dirty? 

The Holy Spirit said me a long time ago, "Everything you need is right in front of you, but everything that you want isn't."  Notice the Bible that you own.  See the people who are praying for you.  Watch the spiritual leaders God has placed into your life.  Listen to the stories of how God is doing great things.  These road signs in your life will lead you to places you have yet to imagine.   That's because God has you on a path that leads you beyond the goals and aspirations of your life. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to see what You want me to see.  AMEN