• Dr. Penny Koval

Looking for Jesus... And finding Joe.


Well over a decade ago, my son introduced to me to Jesus in a way that changed my life. Caleb was 3 and recovering from a stroke that paralyzed the entire right side of his body. One day while wandering aimlessly around the house I noticed him looking out the window and staring at something, when asked, “Caleb what are you doing?” He confidently responded, “Just talking to Jesus” and I have been looking for Him ever since.

You see for 33 years I thought that Jesus was someone you found in churches on Sundays or whenever you felt worthy enough to connect with a Divine being that only made Himself available to you when you did good things or felt worthy. But I was wrong and I believe there are many others who have been deceived their entire lives.

Jesus is not limited by our own expectations, but is revealed whenever we are willing to open up our hearts to discover the truth that sets us free, the love that casts out all fears and the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; courage to change the things we can; and wisdom to know the difference.

And so daily I prepare my heart for Jesus and when the world or my flesh denies Him access, His grace is sufficient and He loves me each and every time I return to Him.

But since I have come to know Him and His voice is familiar to me, I see Him everywhere. His love surrounds me, His provision adequate to care for all of my needs.

We are living at a time when the desires of our hearts are often satisfied by the needs of our flesh and increasing disappointments leave us feeling empty.

In my own search I came to better understand what the words Jesus said, “I am the way, the Truth and the Light, no one comes to the Father except through Me” really meant. What I learned when I was looking for Jesus was that He truly could be found in Joe or Sally, Molly or my neighbor, a stranger or any human being in whom breaths life.

I pray today that you will go looking for Jesus and discover Him in a way that truly reveals the Truth, the Life and the Light. Keep looking and if you haven’t found Him in the places that you thought you would, don’t stop there.


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