We have relatively few of Jesus’ prayers recorded in the Gospels. Here is one of them. He has just appointed the Seventy to go out and proclaim the coming Kingdom. When they get back, they give a joyful report of their success. Jesus prays, and then turns to the disciples. “Count yourself blessed,” he says, “There have been many people over history that have dearly wanted to see what you have seen.”
God’s promises go beyond our own frame of reference. We are the microwave society. We want it all, now. We are the ones with microwave popcorn, drive-through windows at fast food restaurants, and movies on demand. But God is far bigger than that. God sees things thousands of years down the road. God plans for things long after we are dead and gone.
Getting to know Christ takes time. An hour a week whenever we feel like it won’t cut it. We have to purposefully make time to seek him out, to learn about him, to get to really know him. He isn’t like a movie you can watch once and remember the storyline to.
Take some time to get to know Christ. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Help us to follow Jesus, O God. Grant us grace that we might seek him out and know him. Help us to see him when he appears to us. Help us to make him known. Help us to be Christ to those around us, that your Name might be glorified. Amen.