When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

Matthew 13 : 53 – 56

Both people and things that are familiar to us often get overlooked. Do you truly see the wonder around you every day or are mundane things just that, mundane?

Jesus was well known in his hometown as Joseph’s boy. He had played with the other kids, helped his dad in the workshop and would have been a regular feature of life in the village. They were so used to seeing Jesus they treated him just like anyone else because he was a known quantity. How strange for them to see Jesus in a new light as his identity being God’s son came to the fore.

You and I are surrounded by people we love and care for. Every day we see them, every day they are a part of our lives. As such we can sometimes take them for granted because to us they are a known quantity. Yet in doing that we may miss the very things that make them stand out.

Prayer: Father God, help my eyes to be open to your glory in the world. Help my senses to sense your work. Help me not to take either people or things for granted but to see the wonder around me.

Action: Look anew at those around you, marvel at how wonderful they are!

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