“When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” John 1: 47-48
These verses brought a smile to my face this morning. I love the reminder that God knows us, see us, and understands us long before we are ever introduced to Him. I love the memory Jesus chooses to share with Nathanael. It doesn’t appear to be some earth shattering type moment in Nathanael’s life. And yet something about it was significant to Nathanael, he knew exactly what moment Jesus was referring to.
I wonder what made that particular memory so special for Nathanael? I wonder what he was thinking about as he sat under that tree? We aren’t told what made that memory special…but Nathanael knew and Jesus certainly knew. I love how these verses reflect the unique intimacy we each can have with Christ.
Jesus sees Nathanael and immediately validates that he is not just one of many. He’s significant in Christ’s eyes. I know you. I saw you. You were sitting under the fig tree!
I don’t know about you, but these verses are comforting to me. It’s a reminder to me that God sees us and remembers us all the time. He even recalls the tiny, seemingly insignificant points along our journey. There is no detail in our lives that goes unnoticed by Him.
Be encouraged by that today!
Linking up with Tracy today for Winsome Wednesday.