The St. Pete Times reports that a man at a car dealership in Dade City sees Jesus in the grain of a wooden door in the used car sales office.  You can read the story here.  The same article also reported that Floridians in recent years have seen Jesus and/or his Mother Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich, a sea shell, a pancake, a 7×7 foot slab of granite, a potato chip, and, back in December of 1996, Floridians saw what looked like the Virgin Mary on a glass building then being leased by a car rental company.

Seeing this roll call of appearances all together in one long list causes me to wonder what Jesus would say.  I am certain that Jesus doesn't want us to look for him in a potato chip, a pancake or the wooden door at a car dealership.  He told us to look for him in people who are merciful, trusting, and humble.  When people forgive one another, turn the other cheek, love their enemies or share a cup of cold water, we see Jesus.

It's a lot easier to think that  we might see Jesus in a potato chip than forgive someone who has done us wrong.  It's easier to see Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich than to serve a hot meal at the local mission.  It's probably easier to see Jesus on the wooden door of a used car dealership than to drive over to the cold night shelter and help provide a safe and warm place for others to sleep. 

At least our neighbor in Dade City was looking for God.  When we are fearful, anxious or lonely, it is good to look for the Source of love.  In Jesus Christ, we find faith, hope and love.  In these uncertain times, it is good to listen to Jesus' words, found in his Sermon on the Mount, "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

 Read more of the Sermon on the Mount here.

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