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Did You See What I Saw?                                 November 19, 2014

Dear friends,

"It's a cow! It's a cow!"  The little boy was so excited.  As he bounced around
announcing his discovery he looked a bit like Pooh's friend, Tigger.  With a smile
that went ear to ear, you might have thought that someone told him he was going
to Disney World.

The kids at Central Nursery School were learning about farm animals.  One of the
parents, a dairy farmer, volunteered to bring down one of his calves to meet the
kids.  They were out on the playground when he arrived.

Like a string of dominoes, one by one the children began to notice their little
visitor and ran to the fence at the edge of the playground.  By the looks on their
faces you could tell that some of them had never seen a real, live calf before.

I have to confess that we adults do the same thing when we encounter something
we have never seen before.  That was certainly true of Moses when he
encountered God in the burning bush.  He didn't know what to make of it.  He had
to get closer to get a better view.

The truth is that sometimes we need to get up close and personal in order to see
God.  We need to take a walk outside and look at the wonders that God has
created.  We need to open up our Bibles and converse with God as He reveals
himself to us in the Word.

I have seen God's face in the laughter of a baby.  I have watched God work in the
healing of a broken relationship.  I have seen God's hand as he paints a beautiful
sunset on the horizon.  God is everywhere.  We just need to open our eyes and
look for him.

Maybe that's why the kids were so excited.  While the rest of us thought we were
looking at a cow, they were seeing a gift from God. So slow down.  Thanksgiving is
coming.  Take a moment to look around.  You just might end up catching a glimpse
of God.

God bless!  See you in church.  

Cal