When Life Becomes a Spiritual Obstacle Course

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Have you ever found yourself faced with a huge obstacle?

Sometimes, it’s hard to see Jesus at work when life becomes a spiritual obstacle course. Nevertheless, we know He’s there, and often Jesus will use a simple story to bring great truth.     

I recently read the familiar passage about Zacchaeus, the tax collector, in Luke 19: 1-10. You probably remember the children’s song:

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man,

and a wee little man was he.

He climbed up in a sycamore tree

For the Lord he wanted to see.”

As Jesus came through town, Zacchaeus wanted a glimpse of Jesus. The crowd, however, became an obstacle for Zacchaeus because of his short statue. This wee little man reminded me that my problems can become obstacles because of “short” thinking:

Short on energy

Short on time

Short on finances

Short on help

Short on faith

My “short” thinking made me spiritually shortsighted. Thankfully, shortsightedness isn’t blindness; I just needed a better view.  

Zacchaeus ran to see Jesus and climbed the sycamore tree. He was not going to be denied the opportunity of a lifetime, and of course, Jesus noticed.

When we run to Jesus and spiritually ascend above earthy circumstances, we’ll see Jesus clearly. Like with Zacchaeus, Jesus responds immediately and welcomes us into fellowship.     

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick



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