Context Clues

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” – Matthew 28:18

He who has all power and authority in heaven and on earth, dwells in me.

It is far too easy, in my mere humanity, to make Jesus less than He is.  Not to say that I can in any way impact His power and authority, but rather I can limit my own access to such when I fix my eyes on the problem rather than on He who is the solution.

Yesterday, as I was conducting reading fluency tests with my students, there were several words in the passage that at first, appeared impossible to pronounce.  Those who focused their eyes on just the word, rather than looking a little further to where the word was written phonetically in parenthesis, became stuck.  Several students skipped the word, rather than allowing their gaze to scan to what was right before them.  A few students did take a moment to carefully read the phonetic spelling, and found that the pronunciation of the seemingly difficult words, came easily.  For many others, it was only as we went back through the article together and I pointed out the helpful text feature, that they were able to refocus their eyes on what was before them and see the solution that had been there all along.

I wonder if that is how Daddy God sees me? 

Sometimes I see the problem and look to Him immediately, recognizing that He is the answer waiting before me.  There are other times, (far too often I’m afraid) that I see the obstacle and keep attempting to skip it and read on, rather than recognize that He provides the “text tools” to help me overcome that which seems daunting before me.

Like with my students, I imagine that He is equally pleased when at last I recognize what has been before me all along.  The “aha” moments remain reasons to celebrate, regardless of whether they come in the initial read, or after some guidance and redirection is provided.  Just as my students learn to recognize and utilize the tools that are before them, I too am learning to look more quickly to He who is in me, rather than that which lies before me.  He who has all power and authority, dwells in me!  There is no obstacle that He cannot overcome.

My prayer is that He would continue to teach me to recognize His presence, His “context clues”, and that I would allow Him to lead and guide me through the various “articles and passages” that present life’s challenges as I go.  I am so grateful that He is with me always. 

Be blessed as you see the Source standing before you today.


© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Thank you so much Shannon…this is very poignant for me today. I’m trying to keep my focus on my source and not get overwhelmed by all that I see in front of me in the process of this adoption. I love you my friend!

    • You are both an encouragement and an inspiration as you walk this road toward bringing beautiful Mia home! My prayers are with you all in the wait! Love you too Jenn.

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