We should expect to encounter Jesus anytime, anywhere, everywhere. The song of a child, a song on the radio—Jesus is infinitely creative. Just let him be himself with you.

Jesus is everywhere.

But let me give you a grace that will help you see him:

He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” (Matthew 13:52)

This is such a beautiful, gracious, and stabilizing verse. It is immensely kind; it is also immensely cunning. So very like Jesus.

Think of it—Jesus was shaking some of his listeners’ most cherished assumptions, while inviting them into very new ways of understanding God. The veil was coming down—forever.

Don’t let someone else’s remarkable encounter with Jesus diminish the beauty of what you know of him. Hold fast to the treasures you have.

But, at the same time, you haven’t experienced all there is with God. There is more. Much more. Those new possibilities are often opened to us through hearing the ways Jesus is working in other people’s lives. Put down both the ashes and the stones. Let’s discover more of Jesus, together.

(Beautiful Outlaw, 210, 211, 212)

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