God’s Word for Today: Genuine.
What better way to describe this man’s smile than genuine. You might have first noticed the blue cloth wrapped around his face (protection from the sun of San Pedro). Or maybe, you focused on the cap worn under the hardhat, (more than likely a Safety violation). Others might have looked past the man and observed the mud and puddles of water in the background. Rain from yesterday gave us relief from this frying San Pedro sun.
What I first noticed, when I met this man, named Julion Brits, was the genuine smile. To me, the lack of teeth actually made his smile even more pronounced. I instantly liked Julion. His handshake confirmed the passing of genuine greeting and fellowship. I could not understand a word he was saying; because Julion’s primary language is Guarani (to me, extremely difficult). But, our mutual knowledge of construction bridged the gap, and we were able to communicate. When Julion understood that I approved his work, and appreciated all his effort, that genuine smile exploded. Did I say I really like Julion?
Due to our advanced technology via cellular phones and their amazing ability to take selfies, I have begun to notice the lack of genuine smiles. Most smiles are now very rehearsed, practiced, reviewed, deleted, tried again, finally approved, and instantly come to fruition with opportunity of a photo. Even Juilon, when asked to take his picture, had a rehearsed look that I believe he uses to try and disguise his lack of front teeth. Yours truly will admit to having my own selfie smile that attempts to hide my dental imperfections.
So, it took a little work to get the genuine smile I first saw from Julion. After a couple of photos, I noticed the genuine part came out right after the pressure of the perfect pose was relieved from his brain. Then the smile of Julion’s heart appeared, and I grabbed it with one last photo.
John 1:9. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
Do you think Jesus ever smiled? All the paintings depicting Jesus seem to attempt to depict His caring but somber love for us all. Or, they portray His light emitting from the immediate area surrounding Him. Some show Jesus’s crying at the suffering of mankind. Others show the pain and suffering Jesus went through just for you and me. But why don’t we ever see a picture of Jesus with a huge, room warming smile on His face?
Simple answer. Look at that picture of Julion. Think of others you know that share that genuine light coming from the heart. Now you have seen Jesus smiling……………………