Finding God in Unexpected Places

Written on 04/22/2024
Christian Dunn

Verse: Matthew 2:1-2

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

The Magi were a group of men that understood the significance of a celestial event and came looking for a King. What I find interesting is that the Magi first went to the palace – thinking that is exactly where you find a king. They even ask in this verse, “Where is he?”.

But that’s not really God’s character, is it? The Magi don’t find Jesus in the regal halls of a palace but in a lowly stable instead. A meek and humble beginning to the greatest of stories.

So, that gets me thinking – When do I see God show up in my life, today? He’s not often in that gleaming spotlight, throwing down lighting strikes and forcing our eyes on Him. Though, scarily enough – we know He has the power to do that. No, God is in the quiet mornings, when our hearts are raw. He is behind the scenes, giving water to those in need. As a Christian, I yearn to find God in the grand gestures, but I often find him in the unexpected places instead.

This reminds me of Jesus’ encounter with the women at the well, in John 4. He was somewhere you wouldn’t expect him; talking to somebody He shouldn’t; and offering a gift that is unearned. But that’s who God is, right?

If you want to see God move in your life today, look for Him in the unexpected places. Maybe that means stopping to listen to a person’s hardships at work. Maybe that means paying for somebody’s groceries in line. Maybe it’s as simple as picking up trash that nobody else will. I promise you – you will find God in those moments with you.


Guest Author: Joanna Martin