I want to be a noticer. Someone who sees things others don’t see. Who hears things that others don’t hear. Jesus was a noticer.
- He noticed the woman at the well, the odd time of day she was there and that she came alone. He met her where she was and with what she needed. (John 4) I want to be a noticer of the lonely, the outcast and underdog.
- He noticed the widow woman who gave two coins out of her poverty. (Luke 21:1-4) My study notes say, since the temple treasury boxes were located in the court of the women, the widow could have entered without being noticed. Yet Jesus saw her and immediately knew of her sacrificial gift. I want to be a “yet Jesus” and see. I want to be a noticer of the sacrifices people make, the small ways they contribute big.
- He noticed a woman sitting in the synagogue that had been crippled for 18 years and healed her. (Luke 13:10-16) I want to be a noticer of those who are crippled around me, not just physically but crippled with fear, crippled from their past, crippled with emotional pain.
- He noticed the woman who touched his robe. Though the crowds were crushing him and he was on his way to another appointment, he noticed her touch and stopped to spend a few minutes with her. (Luke 8:43-48) I want to be a noticer of those in need of a simple touch of kindness and compassion even when my schedule is crowded and those around me are pressing in for more.
- Jesus asks us to be noticers….of the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. He asks us to feed them, give them a drink, clothe them, take care of them and visit them. (Matthew 25:31-46) How can we do these things if we don’t notice them?
I want to be a noticer. I can start by putting away my phone and looking out instead of down…at the coffee shop, in a restaurant, with my family, with my friends, in a meeting, at church, at the grocery store.
I want to be a noticer. I can start by making (taking) time to be aware of those around me. To not just look but truly see. To not just hear but truly listen. To watch for moments when someone needs a touch, some time, some tenderness.
I want to be a noticer. I want to make a difference which means I need to be different. I need to trust the “interruptions” are divine appointments. I need to slow down and not be frustrated when things (people?) get in the way.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we would simply notice?
I want to be a noticer. Maybe you do too?