Jesus in the potting soil

Jimmy Cochran


Several months ago I wrote about having a set of protestant prayer beads which look very similar to a rosary, except that they have not been blessed by a priest. There are different prayers and scriptures that can be used for the various sections around the beads and they have become an important part of my life. Not that I pray with them every day, but they are always in my pocket where, if I need an extra prayer boost during the day, I can always reach in and feel comforted. A dear friend brought them to me from the Holy Land. They are made from olive tree wood, and I cherish them because of that friend’s thoughtfulness towards me.

I also wrote once about the day that the Jesus came loose from the bottom of the beads and I had to hot glue Him back.

Well, a couple weeks ago, I lost the beads totally, and I got freaked out. I missed the beads and the loss of a nice gift which meant a lot. I searched the house, my car, all my pants pockets, the washing machine, my job … even the refrigerator since I tend to forget where I put things more and more often.

Just a day ago, I had gone out to the garage to get a bag of potting soil from the bucket and when I picked it up, lying on the bottom of the bucket were my prayer beads! How in the world they got there, I’ll never know, but I was so happy to find them. I put them back into my pocket and am a happy, happy boy.

Do you ever tend to lose Jesus? Not a little wooden figure, but lose Jesus in your life? I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes do. I may take off on my own path and forget that I need to follow His directions and guidance for my life. After all these years, you’d think I’d know better, but I still do. I lose sight of Jesus and forget to involve Him in decisions and every part of my day. Thank goodness that He is faithful to me and when I realize that I’ve forgotten to involve Him, Jesus is ready and waiting for me to come back and find Him. And, He is always right where I wandered off and left Him. It’s kinda like playing hide and seek. I feel God’s touch on my heart and a gentle voice saying, “Tag, you’re it!”

How do we lose sight of Jesus? By the company we keep and the things we do and say with them. Are the language and jokes of the type we would tell Jesus? We can lose sight of Jesus by the television programs and movies we watch. Looking at the previews for upcoming fall television shows, it scares me to death at the darkness of crime, hate, and violence that seems so prevalent. Even the comedies have storylines and language that is not (in my opinion) anywhere near appropriate for a Christian to watch. Yet, we do. And we forget that Jesus is sitting next to us on the sofa or in the theatre.

We don’t like what the preacher spoke about last Sunday, so we “share” that with those around us … disguised as a prayer request, of course. And before long, Jesus has been lost in the worship service.

Folks, take a break and watch the trees and the birds and the clouds in the sky. Think upon the good things in life and that our God created all this and try to find Jesus in what you see and then let Him fill your life with His Love and Peace. It’s all up to us. You may be surprised where you find Him.

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jesus.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.