“Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.”Luke 19:2-4 NKJV
One of the things I love about the story of Zacchaeus is that it states how despite being a rich man, the thing that prevented him from see Jesus, was his stature. His money couldn’t change that, but his determination and will did. He was so determined to see Jesus, he climbed a tree.
In life, it can feel like something is blocking us from God. Our past, our mistakes, anything. And what’s worse is that nothing we have can get rid of it. But maybe that’s not what we’re supposed to do. Maybe we’re not supposed to get rid of the obstacle, but overcome it.
We overcome obstacles by seeking God. Zacchaeus was so determined to see Jesus that he climbed a tree. Next thing we read, Jesus tells Zacchaeus to come down and goes to Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus got what he wanted. He wanted to see Jesus, not get taller.
When we have obstacles, what is it we’re looking for? Are we looking for a quick fix? A way to make things easier? Or are we looking for God? Are we so determined to see God that we climb trees, we separate ourselves from the crowd, or we just go and pray to listen?
This week, remember that the obstacles in your life may seem hard and you’ll want to get rid of them, but they’re the small things. God is greater. Search for Him and you’ll find Him. He will take you to a safe space. He’ll make a legend out of you and your obstacles.