John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
Matthew 3: 4 – 6
John’s clothes were not those of kings and princes. There were no fine purple robes or royal blue colours anywhere on him. Whilst he looked like a poor person anyone who knew how to read the signs knew different because his clothes were those of a Nazarene. They were people dedicated to God who spent their lives in service. For John that meant fulfilling his calling as the last prophet to come before Jesus.
When you look out at the world, what do you see? Can you read the signs?
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Every day we see or hear around us signs, signs that God has made a wonderful world. Whether it is the birds singing in the trees the wind in our hair or the smiles (or frowns) on people as we pass them. Yet far too often we walk past all these things oblivious to them because we are so focused on the next thing we have to do. Such a shame then that we are often to busy to see God’s hand in the world.
Perhaps one of the good things to come out of this time is our enforced slowing down lets us see the signs.
Prayer: God help me to see you in the world. Help me not to be so focused on my self and my concerns that I miss the work of your hands all around me.
Action: Find 10 signs around you today that point to the Glory of God.