I love a good joke, especially one with a surprise ending. Rev. Dr. Belton Joyner, author of “Being a United Methodist in the Bible Belt”, is a master joke-teller. This past October in his worship class at Duke he shared the story of a husband and wife who were flying across the country on a commuter plane. After boarding the plane in New York, the man noticed a small red fuel truck sitting next to them on the runway. Workers fueled the plane, and the truck drove away. When the plane landed in Pittsburgh, the man looked out the window and saw a small red fuel truck pull up to the plane on the runway, and he watched as workers fueled the plane, and then watched as the truck drove away. Sometime later, the plane landed in Chicago for more fuel, and, once again, the man saw a little red fuel truck on the runway. When the plane landed in Kansas City for refueling, the man looked out the window and once again saw – you guessed it – a little red fuel truck pulling up alongside the plane. His wife glanced at her watch and said, “You know, we’re making pretty good time.” Her husband replied, “Yeah, and that little red truck’s not doing too bad either!”
The Gospel writer Luke tells of a tax collector named Zacchaeus who heard that Jesus was going to be passing through town and he wanted to see Jesus. Because of his tiny stature, Zacchaeus had to climb a tree to see over the crowds who had gathered to watch Jesus walk by. To the little man’s surprise, Jesus stopped, looked up into the tree and called out, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” Zaccheaus came looking for Jesus, but Jesus was already looking for him. Wherever we are and wherever we go, like that little red fuel truck on the runway, God is already there waiting for us.
Do you come to worship on Sunday morning looking for God? He’s already there looking for you! Come and celebrate being in the presence of the One who longs to be with you!
See you in church!
- Pastor Z