Growing up, I lived 12 miles away from the beach. Back then, going to the beach was nothing special. Birthday parties, holidays, and weekends were all good excuses to go to the beach. A trip to the beach did not require that much planning or money. The shallow turquoise waters, white sand, swimming areas, and diving sites were all so common, so normal.
These days, I live 895 miles away from the nearest ocean beach. Now, I dream of going to the beach as I’m cleaning the snow off my driveway. A trip to the beach now requires a lot of planning, time, and money. The shallow turquoise waters, white sand, swimming areas, and diving sites are luxuries; they’re uncommon and I appreciate them so much more than before.
In today’s text, Jesus came back to His hometown. Nazareth was a relatively isolated village with a population of approximately three hundred. So, they all knew each other. The common social perception was that nothing good can come from Nazareth. It was a common town of normal people.
So, Jesus’ return and His evident display of wisdom was received with mixed emotions. Some were amazed; others were upset. They had seen Jesus grow up; they knew His parents and siblings. For them, Jesus was just another common, normal man from the neighborhood. Their familiarity with Jesus blinded them to the reality that God was at work in their midst. Their unbelief in Jesus hindered them from experiencing the miracle working power of God.
Today, we also struggle to appreciate the work of God in our midst; because, most of the time, it is hidden by the common and ordinary. How many things do we regard as normal and blind ourselves to the miracle working power of God?
Today, God is challenging us to take a step back, to look around us, and to appreciate His presence in the common and normal.