Hidden in Plain Sight

Have you ever been right in front of something or someone and didn’t see it/them? I mean, you just completely missed it/them. Maybe you looked right past them and didn’t see them or perhaps, you saw it, but you didn’t know you were seeing it? Like when you walk past the keys you’re looking for or you just know your wallet is right there, somewhere?

I remember being at a restaurant some years ago, and this young, emerging, almost-famous basketball player walked in. Some colleagues I was having lunch with noticed him and spoke to him as he walked and sat near us. The basketball player waved and talked to us while we all sat and enjoyed our lunch. Unlike my male colleagues who noticed the near celebrity when he’d walked in, I saw him and had even spoken to him during the lunch, but I had no idea who he was.

Later that evening, I went home, and I shared with some family that I’d seen and met the basketball player, and one of them asked me, “Who told you that’s who you met today?” We both laughed because we both knew I was not so into basketball that I would notice a rising star, even if he walked right up to me, spoke to me, and told me his name. My family knew someone would have had to have told me that’s who I was seeing. So, I admitted without the help of my colleagues, I didn’t know I was seeing the near celebrity until they told me I was seeing him.

As I recall this story today, I think about something Jesus Christ says at Matthew 7:13-14 NIV, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

I think about the gate Jesus spoke of - the gate that leads to life - it’s small, the road is narrow, and only few ever find it. Yet, this narrow gate is the only way to enter the Kingdom of GOD.

The Lord then said only few find it. In response to this, I thought “Lord, surely You wouldn’t hide the right path from us?” As I meditated on this Scripture, I realized Jesus was telling the people to take the narrow path, He was telling them outright which road to take. He was not attempting to hide the right way to go from them.

In fact, I believe the Lord was telling them even more than the right way to go, I believe He was telling them what they were seeing. Right in that moment, they were standing before for that Narrow Gate that led to the Kingdom of GOD, only most of them didn’t know they were standing in front of Him.