And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Luke 19:41-44
We enjoy in our everyday life the blessings of God. We move in grace and rely on mercy. We have our comforts and our familiar easy paths. We are carried by Spirit. And we forget.
We do not take the time to recognize, we delay remembrance, we put off prayer, we forego spiritual communion. We neglect to be thankful. We deny our slips and faults and overlook contrition.
Christ tries to reach us. His teachings are in our hearts and minds, and sometimes, we hesitate, but do not stop. We continue to deny His presence in our lives in so many little ways of avoidance. We run to trouble. And when we encounter it, we are toppled from our high places, our safety gone, our fragility and vulnerability exposed, for we did not heed the call, and turn.
Christ is here. But where are we? Only when we “lay even with the ground” do we end our denial and avoidance, then know the time of our visitation, and welcome Love in.
Make time for Christ. Welcome His visitation and seek the Spirit in your everyday. Remember, Christ wept for you, too.
Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby* some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:1-2