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When Nathaniel asked Philip if anything good could come out of Nazareth, in John 1:46 we hear Philip's response: "Come and see." What a great answer to an irregular question. Philip points the way to avoiding prejudice, pre-judging, objectifying and prematurely forming a set position. He opens up for consideration new potential to "seek and find" close up and personal. As I take another glance at the question I see Nathaniel's referencing to "anything" as a distancing technique that objectifies and stalls, like a stubborn child. His heart being moved toward the personal would more likely have created the question "can anyone good come out of Nazareth?" How often do persons stand back and "observe" others, thinking erroneously they "know" them? How often do persons learn of another from a third party and falsely think they have a connection? In an information-seeking world we all run the risk of depersonalizing others and becoming products to be used, rather than loving and being loved.
Recently received anonymous letter from the parent of a former student:
The psalmist wrote, "My god shall supply all of my needs." I can testify that He is still doing that today. Every Friday our van travels to Sacramento and brings back donated food. Most of the time the cases of food fill the van. The Ranch family enjoys many well-balanced meals each week because the vendors are generous. However, three weeks ago this was not the case. I made the regular stops to collect the donations, and I was surprised to be given only a third of the usual amount of produce. I was disapointed that there were only vegetables and bread, with no fruit to enjoy. Not wanting to be like the complaining Israelites I told God, "Well, this is what You have given us. I guess we will be content with what you have provided." I knew I would have to get creative when I made the menu for the week. The following day, I walked through the kitchen and discovered forty #10 cans of fruit stacked on the pantry floor. It seems a nearby camp thought of us when they had extra peaches, pears, and fruit cocktail. Now, who would have given them that idea? That's right--God did provide for us once again.