“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. (John 1:46)
It was an ordinary Sunday morning inside a church in Mississippi for a seven-year-old African American girl. As she left the auditorium, she was surprised that an old lady stopped her, looked at her in the eyes, gently and lovingly touched her face, and said to her, “Young lady, you’re as pretty as can be!”
That was the first time somebody talked to her like that. Then something changed inside her. A seed of greatness took
root. For the first time, she felt beautiful, valued, and loved.
She grew up from thereon with renewed confidence, selfworth, and self-image. From being stuck in a rut of low self-esteem, from always feeling “not good enough,” she arose, grew up, and lived her calling to touch the world. Did I mention that her name is Oprah Winfrey?
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” My friend, what’s your Nazareth? Can anything good come from your
sickness? Past mistakes? Broken family? Abusive past? Nagging failures? Yes! “Come and see” how Jesus does it! I
declare that He will use someone to speak life and beauty to you today. Watch out for it!
Reflect: What has been your “Nazareth?” My friend, “come and see” Jesus today.
Lord, help me believe that from my “Nazareth,” You will create
something beautiful and great in my life. Thank You, Lord. Amen.